Golden slumbers kiss your eyes, Smiles awake you when you rise: Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry, And I will sing a lullaby, [Rock them, rock [them]1, lullaby.]2 [Care is heavy, therefore sleep you; You are care and care must keep you: Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry, And I will sing a lullaby: Rock them, rock [them]1, lullaby.]3
Three English Songs
by Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, Baron Berners (1883 - 1950)
1. Lullaby  [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Thomas Dekker (c1572 - 1632), "The song", appears in The Pleasant Comoedy of Patient Grissill, first published 1603 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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Confirmed with Henry Chettle and Thomas Dekker, Patient Grissil, London, 1632. Modernized spelling.1Warlock: "a lulla"
2 omitted by Casella.
3 Casella replaces this stanza with the following:
Care you know not, therefore sleep, while I o'er you watch do keep. Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry, and I will sing a lullaby.
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2. The Lady Visitor in the Pauper Ward  [sung text not yet checked]
Why do you break upon this old, cool peace, This painted peace of ours, With harsh dress hissing like a flock of geese, With garish flowers? Why do you churn smooth waters rough again, Selfish old skin-and-bone? Leave us to quiet dreaming and slow pain, Leave us alone.
- by Robert Graves (1895 - 1985), "The Lady Visitor in the Pauper Ward", appears in Goliath and David, first published 1916 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
3. The green-eyed monster  [sung text checked 1 time]
James gave Elizabeth a Dodo, He only offered one to me - A lovely lemon-coloured Dodo, With the greenest eyes that you could wish to see. Now it isn't that I'm doubting if James loves me, I know that he would ask me out to tea, But he did give Elizabeth a Dodo While he only offered one to me.