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SWEDISH MOTHER'S LULLABY

THERE sitteth a dove, so fair and white,

All on a lily spray;
And she listeneth how to the Saviour above

The little children pray.

Lightly she spreads her friendly wings,

And to heaven's gate hath sped,
And unto the Father in heaven she bears

The prayers the children have said.

And back she comes from heaven's gate,

And brings — that dove so mild -
From the Father in heaven, who hears her

speak,
A A blessing for every child.

.
Frederika Bremer

THE ROAD TO SLUMBER-LAND

WHAT is the road to slumber-land and when

does the baby go ? The road lies straight through mother's arms

when the sun is sinking low.

He goes by the drowsy land of nod to the

music of lullaby, When all wee lambs are safe in the fold,

under the evening sky.

A soft little nightgown clean and white; a

face washed sweet and fair; A mother brushing the tangles out of the

silken, golden hair.

Two little tired, satiny feet, from shoe and

stocking free; Two little palms together clasped at the

mother's patient knee.

Some baby words that are drowsily lisped to

the tender Shepherd's ear; And a kiss that only a mother can place on

the brow of her baby dear.

A little round head that nestles at last close

to the mother's breast, And then the lullaby soft and low, singing

the song of rest.

And closer and closer the blue-veined lids

are hiding the baby eyes, As over the road to slumber-land the dear

little traveler hies.

For this is the way, through mother's arms,

all little babies go To the beautiful city of slumber-land when the sun is sinking low.

Mary Dow Brine

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WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD

WYNKEN, Blynken, and Nod one night

Sailed off in a wooden shoe, Sailed on a river of crystal light

Into a sea of dew. “Where are you going, and what do you

wish?” The old moon asked the three. “We have come to fish for the herring fish

That live in this beautiful sea ;
Nets of silver and gold have we!”

Said Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,

As they rocked in the wooden shoe; And the wind that sped them all night

long Ruffled the waves of dew. The little stars were the herring fish

That lived in that beautiful sea
“Now cast your nets wherever you wish,

Never afeard are we!
So cried the stars to the fishermen three,

Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw

To the stars in the twinkling foam, Then down from the skies came the wooden

shoe, Bringing the fishermen home: 'Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed

As if it could not be ; And some folk thought 't was a dream they'd

dreamed Of sailing that beautiful sea ; But I shall name you

the fishermen three :

Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.

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Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,

And Nod is a little head
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies

Is a wee one's trundle-bed ;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings

Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As
you

rock in the misty sea Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen

three:

Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.

Eugene Field

AULD DADDY DARKNESS

AULD Daddy Darkness creeps frae his hole,
Black as a blackamoor, blin' as a mole:
Stir the fire till it lowes, let the bairnie

sit,
Auld Daddy Darkness is no want it yit.

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See him in the corners hidin' frae the licht,
See him at the window gloomin' at the

nicht;
Turn up the gas licht, close the shutters a',
An' Auld Daddy Darkness will flee far

awa'.

Awa' to hide the birdie within its cosy nest,
Awa' to lap the wee flooers on their mither's

breast,
Awa' to loosen Gaffer Toil frae his daily ca',
For Auld Daddy Darkness is kindly to a'.

He comes when we're weary to wean's frae

oor waes, He comes when the bairnies are getting off

their claes ; To cover them sae cosy, an' bring bonnie

dreams, So Auld Daddy Darkness is better than he

seems.

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