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Sleep, baby, sleep

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Sleep, baby, sleep!
Thy father's watching the sheep,
Thy mother's shaking the dreamland tree,
And down drops 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 bright moon is the shepherdess.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

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

Sleep, baby, sleep!
Away, to tend the sheep,
Away, thou sheepdog, fierce and wild,
And do not harm my sleeping child!
Sleep, baby, sleep! Sleep!

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , "Morgenlied von den Schäfchen", appears in Des Knaben Wunderhorn DUT FRE GER
      • 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.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), original text from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , title 1: "Morgenlied von den Schäfchen", from Des Knaben Wunderhorn ENG FRE by Johannes Brahms, Johannes Brahms, Ethel Florence Lindesay Robertson, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Anna Krause.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown [an adaptation] ENG FRE by Arthur Somervell, Sir.

Text added to the website: 2012-04-14.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:52
Line count: 20
Word count: 102

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