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Words to Brahms's Lullabye?
Question: Does anyone know the words to Brahm's Lullabye? It starts: Lullabye and good night...
We sing this one every night. According to my copy of the Metropolitan Museum's lullaby book, the words are: Lullaby and good night With roses bedight With lilies bespread Is baby's wee head Lay thee down now and rest May thy slumbers be blessed Lay thee down now and rest May thy slumbers be blessed Note the vocabulary building advantages for your little one! [bedight = adorned] ------------- From: Lisa Here's the version I learned in the past year and sing to my son: Lullaby and good night, In the sky stars are bright. Round your head, flowers gay bring you slumbers today Go to sleep now and rest May these hours be blessed. Go to sleep now and rest May these hours be blessed. ------------ Lullaby, and good night with soft flowers around you slumber sweetly in the moonlight close your eyes now and dream At least that's what I sing! Diana ------------- From: Dawn There are several verses to Brahms' lullabye. I only have the first one memorized: Lullabye, and good night with roses bedight [bedecked] with lilies o'erspread is baby's wee bed. Lay thee down now and rest; may thy slumber be blest [blessed]. Lay thee down now and rest; may thy slumber be blest. At least two more verses are listed in _Rise_Up_Singing_, a great book for parents who sing to or with their children. This book has words to *many* of the songs we learned as children, and many folksongs, both traditional and composed during this century. The book is available at many bookstores, and I'm sure you could order it over the Internet through Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. It is spiral bound for ease of use. Although I do not have it, I have been told that a companion tape and or CD (set?) has been released with the *tunes* to many of the songs in the book. This would be great because I often find that I recall the tune to the chorus, but not to the verse of many songs. ----------------- From: Isaac Lullabye and goodnight In a Circle of Light To awaken in the morn When the sun will be reborn Lullabye and goodnight Let your eyes now close tight Lullabye and goodnight Let your eyes now close tight Lullabye and goodnight Oh my baby sae bright The Watchtowers all will come "Til you greet the morning sun East and South, West and North I will call them all forth East and South, West and North I will call them all forth after looking around some more , I found out there are a lot of versions to the lyrics , so here's another one: Lullaby, and good night! With roses bedight, Creep into thy bed, There pillow thy head. Lay thee down now and rest, With purest slumber be blest. Lay thee down now and rest, With purest slumber be blest. Lullaby and good night! Those blue eyes close tight, Bright angels are near, So sleep without fear. They will guard thee from harm, With fair dreamland's sweet charm. They will guard thee from harm, With fair dreamland's sweet charm. ----------------- From: Barbara Brahms Lullaby can be found at http://hendersonville-pd.org/nurserylullaby.html ------------- From: Jeanne Here is another one that my father-in-law sings to children. We have seen it in an old sing along movie reel on AMC, the movie cable channel. Why won't you go to sleep, my little buckaroo? Don't you know it's time for bed, my little buckaroo? Why don't you close those great big eyes so blue. Oh go to sleep, my little buckaroo. I think there are other words to it.
I learned this in high school during WWII when I was evacuated from London, both with German and English words. I am in agreement with your German version but have a different English version than you post in your Advice to Parents. I sang it both in German and English to all four of my children and several grandchildren. Sleep my pretty one, sleep. Fond vigil I keep, Lie warm in thy nest By moonbeams caressed When the dawn tints the skies God will bid thee arise When the morn tints the skies God will bid thee arise. Holy angels abide, All night by thy side In dreams they unfold Heaven's portals of gold, Slumber softly at rest in thy dreamland so blest Slumber softly at rest In thy dreamland so blest Veronica Pinckard, Los Angeles, California.
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