Slumber on, baby dear, Op.33, no.1 (Oliver Arthur King)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-06).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 457 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2020-05-30)  CPDL #58924:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-05-30).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 131 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Slumber on, baby dear, Op.33, no.1
Composer: Oliver Arthur King
Lyricist: Henry Cood Watson

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1884 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 17, no. 477

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Original text and translations

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Slumber on, Baby dear
Do not heed thy mother’s sigh,
Breath’d for him far away
Whilst she sings thy lullaby!
Slumber on, o’er thy sleep
Loving eyes will watch with care;
In thy dreams may thou see
God’s own angels hov’ring here.
Slumber on, may thy sleep
Softly on thy eyelids lie,
While I watch, chanting low
Thy sweet soothing lullaby.

Slumber on, happy child,
May life’s storms pass gently by,
When this voice, hushed and still,
No more sings thy lullaby!
Slumber on, happy child
May life’s storms pass gentle by
When this voice, hush’d and still
No more sings thy lullaby!

In this heart, torn with grief,
Lies a doating love for thee;
Father come, bless our child,
Sweetly slumb’ring on my knee.
Slumber on, may thy sleep
Softly on thy eyelids lie
While I watch, chanting low,
Thy sweet soothing lullaby.