Crying, my little one, footsore and weary? Fall asleep, pretty one, warm on my shoulder: I must tramp on through the winter night dreary, While the snow falls on me, colder and colder. You are my one, and I have not another; Sleep soft, my darling, my trouble and treasure; Sleep warm and soft, in the arms of your mother, Dreaming of pretty things, dreaming of pleasure.
About the headline (FAQ)
- by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894), no title, appears in Sing-song: a nursery rhyme book, first published 1872 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by John (Nicholson) Ireland (1879 - 1962), "The Only Child", 1918, published 1919 [medium voice, piano], from Mother and Child, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
- by Geoffrey Molyneux Palmer (1882 - 1957), "Husho, my Lanna", published 1911. [voice, piano] [text not verified]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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