Peacefully slumber, my own darling son (Oliver Arthur King)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-06)  CPDL #76977:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-06).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 405 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Peacefully slumber, my own darling son
Composer: Oliver Arthur King
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1881 Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Peacefully slumber, my own darling son;
Close thy dear eyelids and sweetly sleep on;
All things lie buried in silence profound.
Sleep— I will scare e’en the gnats floating round.

’Tis now, my dearest, thy life’s early May—
Ah! but tomorrow is not as today.
Trouble and care round thy curtains shall soar;
Then, child, thou’lt slumber so sweetly no more.

Angels of heaven, as lovely as thou,
Float o’er thy cradle and smile on thee now.
Later, when angels around thee shall stray,
’Twill be to wipe but thy teardrops away.

Peacefully slumber, my own darling son,
I’ll watch by thy bedside till dark night is gone;
Careless how early, how late it may be,
Mother’s love wearies not, watching o’er thee.

The book of German songs: from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century (1856)
translated and edited by Henry William Dulcken (1832–1894)