Sleep, Dusky Babe (Francis A. Clark)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-03)  CPDL #75996:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-03).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 468 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sleep, Dusky Babe
Composer: Francis A. Clark
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, some divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1918 Theodore Presser Co.

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Original text and translations

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Shadders am a creepin’,
’Gainst de slowly fadin’ light!
Sleep, Dusky Babe;
Time fer res’ an’ sleepin’
While de moon am shinin’ bright!
Sleep, Dusky Babe;
Birds an’ bees an’ flowers
Long ergo has sed goodnight,
Mistah Fox am roamin’ soon,
Close yo’ eyes ma honey,
Mammy’s gwine to hol’ yo’ tight;
Sleep, Dusky Babe,
Dusky Babe;

Cuddle close to yo’ Mammy,
Doan yo’ try to peep,
Drif ’ away to Dreamlan’,
Sleep, ma honey, sleep;
Mistah Fox can’t fin’ yo’,
Doan yo’ be afraid,
Mammy’s gwine to hol’ yo’,
Mammy’s love enfol’s yo’,
Sleep, Dusky Babe.

Bullfrog am a croakin’,
Crickets chirpin’ mighty spry!
Sleep, Dusky Babe;
Wind ahummin’ thro’ de trees,
Jes like a lullaby,
Sleep, Dusky Babe;
Little stars atwinklin’ all
Erlong de Milky Way,
Guess deys playin’ hide an’ seek,
Mistah Fox, he gone back home
Hit taint no use ter try,
Dusky Babe, Dusky Babe.
Dusky Babe’s fas’ asleep.