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A Posy of Lullabies: Rock-a-bye!

A selection of English lullabies collected by Peter A. Higham

Rock-a-bye!


Below you will find sheet music and lyrics for "Rock-a-bye!" Click on the images to enlarge.

Sheet music for Rock-a-bye!
Lyrics for Rock-a-bye!

Lyrics


Rock-a-bye! my little owlet,

In thy mossy swaying nest,

With thy little woodland brothers,

Close thine eyes and take thy rest.

Too-oo-oo, Too-oo-oo, Too-oo-oo, Too-oo-oo

Rock-a-bye! my little owlet,

Close thine eyes and take thy rest.

 

Hush-a-bye! my little owlet,

Many voices sing to thee,

Hush-a-bye! the water whispered,

Hush! – replied the tall pine-tree,

Too-oo-oo, Too-oo-oo, Too-oo-oo, Too-oo-oo

Hush-a-bye! my little owlet,

Hush! – replied the tall pine-tree.

 

Sleep! oh! sleep! my little owlet,

Through the tent the moon shines bright,

Like a great eye it will watch thee,

Sleep till comes the morning light,

Too-oo-oo, Too-oo-oo, Too-oo-oo, Too-oo-oo

Sleep! oh! sleep! my little owlet,

Sleep till comes the morning light.

Credits


Lullaby lyrics recollected by Edna Louie (Holland) Wright; lullaby melodies recalled by Marguerite Elizabeth (Holland) Higham; lullaby accompaniments composed for guitar by Peter Higham.