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Shepherd's cradle song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Sleep, baby, sleep,
Thy father guards his sheep,
Thy mother shakes the dreamland tree,
Down falls a little dream for thee,
Sleep, baby sleep.

Sleep, baby, sleep,
The large stars are the sheep,
The little stars are lambs, I guess,
The gentle moon the shepherdess,
Sleep, baby sleep.

Sleep, baby, sleep,
Away, to tend thy sheep,
Away, thou sheep dog, fierce and wild,
And do not harm my sleeping child;
Sleep, baby, sleep.

Sleep, baby, sleep,
Our Saviour loves his sheep,
He is the Lamb of God on high,
Who for our sakes came down to die,
Sleep, baby sleep.


Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Authorship


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , "Morgenlied von den Schäfchen", appears in Des Knaben Wunderhorn DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johannes Brahms, Anna Krause, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Ethel Florence Lindesay Robertson, née Richardson, as Henry Handel Richardson. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2011-05-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-06-04 18:36:03

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