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First Line: Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear
Last Line: That beautiful land of nod.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Variant Title(s): The Land Of Nod
Subject(s): Sleep


Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear,
Your head like the goldenrod,
And we will go sailing away from here
To the beautiful land of Nod.
Away from life's hurry, and flurry, and worry,
Away from earth's shadows 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 your hands,
Your hands like the leaf 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 your 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 barque shall sweep,
Till it reaches that mystical Isle
Which no man hath seen, but where all have been,
And there we will pause a while.
I will croon you a song as we float along,
To that shore that is blessed of God.
Then ho! for that fair land, we're off for that rare land,
That beautiful Land of Nod.





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