Lullabies and Night Songs

Song Cycle by Alec Wilder (1907 - 1980)

?. Minnie and Winnie [sung text not yet checked]

Minnie and Winnie
    Slept in a shell.
Sleep, little ladies!
    And they slept well.

Pink was the shell within,
    Silver without;
Sounds of the great sea
    Wander'd about.

Sleep, little ladies!
    Wake not soon!
Echo on echo
    Dies to the moon.

Two bright stars
    Peep'd into the shell.
"What are they dreaming of?
    Who can tell?"

Started a green linnet
    Out of the croft;
Wake, little ladies,
    The sun is aloft!


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First published in St. Nicholas, February 1880, revised 1884

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
Total word count: 71