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CRADLE SONG OF A SOLDIER'S WIFE, by            
First Line: Baby, sleep! Shadows creep
Last Line: Singing by thy cradle-bed!


Baby, sleep! shadows creep
Down the hillsides dark and long.
Slumber softly and thy dreaming
May perchance have brighter seeming,
For thy mother's cradle-song!

Baby, sleep! low I weep,
Lest I wake thee in my woe!
Where the campfires gleam and quiver,
Far away beside the river,
Father thinks of thee, I know.

Baby, sleep! angels keep
Holy vigils o'er thy head!
And thy mother's life seems sweeter,
Griefs grow dim and joys completer,
Singing by thy cradle-bed!





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