Translation by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

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.


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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2011-05-04
Line count: 20
Word count: 100