A lullaby (Charles L. Williams)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78320:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 379 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2022-07-25)  CPDL #70122:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-07-25).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: A lullaby
Composer: Charles L. Williams
Lyricist: George John Whyte-Melville
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1919 The Musical Times no.923

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Original text and translations

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1  Sleep, rest, my love, rest:
Dieth the moan of the wind in the tree,
Foldeth her pinions the bird in her nest,
Sinks the sun to his bed in the sea.
Sleep, lulled on my breast,
Tossing and troubled and thinking of me.

2  Peace, falleth the night,
Veiling in shadows her glory for thee,
Eyes may be darkened while visions are bright,
Senses be fettered, tho' fancy is free.
Peace, peace, slumbering light,
Longing and loving and dreaming of me.