Baloo, my boy (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-16)  CPDL #77406:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-16).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 546 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Baloo, my boy
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: William Beatton Moonie
Tune: LADY ANNE BOTHWELL’S LAMENT

Lyricist: Orpheus Caledonius (1725), alt.
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1927 Bruce, Clements and Co.
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Original text and translations

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Baloo, my boy, lie still and sleep
It grieves me sore to hear thee weep,
If thou’lt be silent I’ll be glad
Thy moaning makes my heart full sad.
Baloo, my boy, thy mother’s joy
O ne’er may aught thy peace destroy,
Baloo, baloo, baloo, baloo
Baloo, baloo, lu-li-li-lu.

O’er thee I keep my lonely watch
Intent thy lightest breath to catch
O, when thou wak’st to see thee smile
And thus my sorrow to beguile.
Baloo, my boy, thy mother’s joy
O ne’er may aught thy peace destroy,
Baloo, my boy, lie still and sleep,
It grieves me sore to hear thee weep.

I dreamed a dream but yesternight
Thy father slain by traitor wight;
He, wounded, stood beside thy bed
His tears ran down upon thy head.
He spoke no word, but looked on me,
Bent low, and gave a kiss to thee!
Baloo, baloo, my darling boy
Thou’rt now alone thy mother’s joy.

Orpheus Caledonius (1725), alt.