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At Last
by: Jane

I learnt this version at the Sacred Heart College in Hastings over 50 years ago. Many times I tried to get the music and to see if I had the words right, or should I say remember.
Finally I have found them. I cannot thank you enough. I can now be sure of passing on this beautiful lullaby correctly.

Dana:
That's wonderful, Jane!

Sleep my little child sleep
by: O.OF

My mother sang this lovely song to me too! Very nice to see the words I remember from when I was very small written down. I was astonished when I found out that the song my mother sang to me was based on the cradlesong attributed to Mozart. Wonder where she learnt it? as she sang the first line in German though she didn't speak German. I remember the tune slightly different in places from the "Mozart" melody. But I don't know if that's just me remembering it wrongly. This would have been sung to me in the late 1950s. I'd love to know how she knew it.

Can you help with the rest of the words
by: Anonymous

Sleep pretty darling and rest
Birdies are keeping their nest
Gardens and fields all lie still
Hushed is the hum of the rill...


Dana:
Since the original is in German, I think you could make up your own words...



Cradle Song
by: Anonymous

Delighted to find this lovely cradle song, which I first played on the piano when I was twelve. I've always loved it although the lyrics I know vary a little. There is a second verse but I cannot remember all of it :-

If I could fly to the sky
Wonders for you I would buy -
Sunlight to crown your small head,
Starlight to guide you to bed
......................?

does any one know the remainder of the second verse?




Recollection of English school version in 1960's
by: Malcolm Dixon

I sang this as a solo in the school choir, my recollection is:

Sleep now my baby at rest
Birds fly away to their nest
Peace lies on valley and hill
Each busy bee now is still
Brightly the moon in the sky
Shines down on us from up high
Sleep now thy mother is nigh
Singing her sweet lullaby, lull-a-by....

Finally, after years searching
by: Annabel

Thank you so much for this. I have been searching for years to find out the lyrics of this lullaby that my late mother used to sing to me. This makes me deeply happy to have finally found it. This is how I remember it...

Sleep little bird in the nest
Love is now watching you rest
While neath the moon's silvry beam
Ships softly glide all a'gleam
Gossamer sails shining bright
Beckon across the soft night
Shall I come sailing with you
Make all your wishes come true
Oh ladidadidoo

Now if I could climb to the sky
Wonders for you I should find
Sunshine to crown your small head
Starlight to guide you to bed
Gossamer sails shining bright
Beckon across the soft light
Shall I come sailing with you
Make all your wishes come true
Oh ladidadidoo

My memory of this lullaby from school in the sixties began
by: Anonymous

Sleep now my baby at rest
Birds fly away to their nest
Peace lies on valley and hill

Lyrics from my Mum singing this lullaby
by: Maire

I have a recording of my late Mum singing this lullaby when she was about 25 years old!
She died nearly 4 years ago & I treasure the recording of her voice. These are the lyrics she sings - and 2 verses!

Sleep Little Bird (Sung by Mum {Teresa McCann})

Sleep little bird in the nest
Love now is watching you rest
While neath the moon's silvry beam
Ships softly glide all a'gleam
Gossamer sails shining bright
Beckon across the soft night
Shall I go sailing with you
Where happy dreams come true
O luuuuu

If I could climb to the sky
Wonders for you dear I?d find
Sunshine to crown your small head
Starlight to guide you to bed
Gossamer sails shining bright
Beckon across the soft light
Sleep baby dear do not cry
Sleep in your lullaby
Oh Luuuuu


Dana:

Hi, Maire,

I love those lyrics! Especially "Sunshine to crown your small head... Starlight to guide you to bed." Thank you for writing to share those. What a treasure to have a recording of your mother at 25 years old.

Mozart's cradle song
by: Anonymous

Sleep little bird in the nest
Birds fly away to their rest
Peace lies o'er valley and hill
Each busy bee now is still
Brightly the moon in the sky
Shines down on us from on high
Sleep for thy mother is nigh
Singing her soft lullaby.

Dana:
Thanks so much for sharing this version!

More Please
by: Anonymous

I am trying to find the words we sung at a choir festival in the sixties as I now want to sing them to my new grandson.

I know -
Sleep little bird in the nest
Love now is watching you rest
while neath the moons silvery beam
ships softly glide all a gleam
gossamer sail shining bright
beckons across the soft night
clouds shall be dream ships for you
floating on billows of blue
oh lul la la la lal la loo

surely there is more????

Dana:

Hello, Anonymous. No, I can't find any additional lyrics to go with yours. The lyrics already submitted by another anonymous contributor (see below) are very close to the ones you are remembering:

Sleep little bird in your nest
Mother is watching your rest
While neath the moon's silvry beam
Ships softly glide all a'gleam
Gossamer sails shining bright
Beckon across the soft night
Shall I come sailing with you
Where happy dreams come true
O lu -----layloo

Re: Cradle Song
by: Anonymous

Thanks very much. I'm only just learning to use my iPad and as I'm 80 it takes time. Glad u liked the words -- I sing them now to my great-granddaughter ! ! It's a lovely tune.

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