Brief synopsis of "The Rock-A-By Lady":
"The Rock-A-By Lady" is a soothing
lullaby; which speaks of all the dreams the young listener might enjoy should he/she let herself fall to sleep
. People tend to dream about the last thing they think of as they drift off to sleep; so I think this selection is a good choice to send your little one off into dreamland thinking of things less likely to cause them to have a nightmare
a lullaby from Love-Songs of Childhood
by Eugene Field, 1894
THE ROCK-A-BY LADY
The Rock-a-By Lady from Hushaby street
Comes stealing; comes creeping;
The poppies they hang from her head to her feet,
And each hath a dream that is tiny and fleet -
She bringeth her poppies to you, my sweet,
When she findeth you sleeping!
There is one little dream of a beautiful drum -
"Rub-a-dub!" it goeth;
There is one little dream of a big sugar-plum,
And lo! thick and fast the other dreams come
Of popguns that bang, and tin tops that hum,
And a trumpet that bloweth!
And dollies peep out of those wee little dreams
With laughter and singing;
And boats go a-floating on silvery streams,
And the stars peek-a-boo with their own misty gleams,
And up, up, and up, where the Mother Moon beams,
The fairies go winging!
Would you dream all these dreams that are tiny and fleet?
They'll come to you sleeping;
So shut the two eyes that are weary, my sweet,
For the Rock-a-By Lady from Hushaby street,
With poppies that hang from her head to her feet,
Comes stealing; comes creeping.
from Project Gutenberg (public domain)
Love-Songs of Childhood
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