Sleep, baby! (James Christopher Marks)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-15)  CPDL #77337:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 519 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sleep, baby!
Composer: James Christopher Marks
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 Novello, Ewer, and Co.
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Original text and translations

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Sleep, baby, sleep!
The moon sheds forth her light,
The stars are clear and bright,
Nor wake throughout the night;
While nightingales their sweet notes thrill,
And all is calm and still.
When morn shall dawn
And night has passed away,
Then buds shall wake
To hail the coming day.
And from the trees
And from each leafy spray
Shall bright wing’d birds thrill forth their song
To welcome in the day.
Nor wake throughout the night;
While nightingales their sweet notes thrill,
And all is calm and still,
Sleep, baby, sleep!

Fast fall the dews of night,
And rest those eyes so bright,
Nor wake till morning light;
While angels hover round thy head,
And guard thee in thy bed.
Far o’er the hills
The twilight shadows creep,
And in the vales
The flow’rets fall asleep.
O’er all the earth
The moon her watch shall keep,
And sleep shall come that all may rest,
For night is drawing nigh.
Sleep, baby, sleep!
Nor wake till morning light;
While angels hover round thy head
And guard thee in thy bed,
While angels hover round thy head,
And guard thee in thy bed,
Sleep, baby, sleep!