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Lullaby

04/12

Mary Cassatt-Breakfast in Bed-1897

Lullaby

Sleep, little children, sleep,
for the world can do you no wrong,
close your eyes, close your eyes,
the sun is set and the night is long.

Sleep, little children, sleep,
for the world cannot make you cry,
close your eyes, close your eyes,
and listen to my lullaby.

If they take away your eyes,
you can become the night,
and all the children’s dreams
will be the mirror of your sight;

if they take away your voice,
you can become the weather,
and let your breath speak
with the storm’s wind and thunder;

if they take away your hands,
you can become the earth’s roots,
and take water from the land
to the trees and the sun-parched fruits;

if they take from you your thoughts,
you can become the sea,
and pour healing waters
into the world’s dark injuries;

and if they take from you your heart
and make heaven’s rain from your tears,
then you can become the sun,
and chase away their fears.

Sleep, little children, sleep,
for the world can do you no wrong,
close your eyes, close your eyes,
the sun is set and the night is long.

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This poem is included in a book of lyrics called ‘What Have I Done, If I Haven’t Loved.’

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Donna Conrad permalink
    04/12 7:08 pm

    …a beautiful little poem that covers to comfort from ah to oh and from A to Z-z-z!

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