by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931)

Fairy nurse song
Language: English 
Mortal babe the fays have brought me,
At your woe freshly flow
All the bitter griefs they wrought me
Long ago, shohoolo!
When a blooming bride they snatched me,
Welladay, welladay!
From my husband’s arms and matched me
With a fay, with a fay.
Loveless here below I languish.
Sholoolo! From above
Hast thou come to soothe my anguish,
Cooing dove, with thy love.

Hush my pretty, hush my honey,
Shohoolo! see my show,
Goblin gems and magic money,
How they glow! Shohoolo!
Bonny babe thou art beguiling,
Shohoolo! by your joy,
My sad lips at last to smiling,
Shohoolo! bonny boy.
Soft the fringed curtain closes,
Closes quite o’er his sight;
On my bosom he reposes,
Love, goodnight, love goodnight.


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Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson

This text was added to the website: 2015-04-08
Line count: 24
Word count: 121