Translation by Elizabeth Prentiss

Sleep, baby, sleep
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Sleep, baby, sleep!
Thy father's watching the sheep,
Thy mother's shaking the dreamland tree,
And down drops 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 bright moon is the shepherdess.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

Sleep, baby, sleep!
The Saviour loves his sheep;
He is the Lamb of God on high,
Who for our sakes came down to die.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

Sleep, baby, sleep!
Away, to tend the sheep,
Away, thou sheepdog, fierce and wild,
And do not harm my sleeping child!
Sleep, baby, sleep! Sleep!


Based on

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist [an adaptation] DUT ENG FRE ; composed by Arthur Somervell, Sir.

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2012-04-14 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:52
Line count: 20
Word count: 102