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.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author [an adaptation] [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
- a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , "Morgenlied von den Schäfchen", appears in Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Arthur Somervell, Sir (1863 - 1937), "Shepherd's cradle song", published 1918 [ voice and piano ] [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- Also set in English, a translation by Elizabeth Prentiss [an adaptation] DUT FRE ; composed by Arthur Foote.
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This text was added to the website: 2011-05-04
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