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A Posy of Lullabies: The Land of Nod

A selection of English lullabies collected by Peter A. Higham

The Land of Nod


Below you will find sheet music and lyrics for "The Land of Nod." Click on the images to enlarge.

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Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear,
Your head like the golden rod;
And we will go sailing away from here
To the beautiful land of Nod.
Away from life’s hurry and scurry and care,
Away from life’s shade and gloom,
To a world of fair weather, we’ll float off together
Where roses are always in bloom.

Just shut up your eyes and fold those hands
Those hands like the leaves of a rose
And we will go sailing to those fair lands
That never an atlas shows.
On the North and the West they are bounded by rest;
On the South and the East by dreams.
‘Tis the country ideal where nothing is real
But everything only seems.

Just drop down the curtains of those dear eyes,
Those eyes like a bright bluebell.
And we will sail out under starlit skies,
To the Land where the Fairies dwell.
Down the River of Sleep our barge will sweep,
Till it reaches that mystic Isle,
Which no man has seen, but where all have been,
And there we will pause awhile.

I will croon you a song as we float along,
To that shore which is blest of God.
Then ho! For that fair land! We’re off to that rare land!
That beautiful land of Nod!
Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear,
Your head like the golden rod;
And we will go sailing away from here
To that beautiful land of Nod.

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.