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First Line: The sunset deepens in the west
Last Line: Sleep, my little prairie wildflower, lullaby, oh, sleep!
Subject(s): Mothers; Prairies; Babies; Sleep; Plains; Infants


The sunset deepens in the West,
Faint shadows drift across the sky;
So sleep, dear heart, on mother's breast,
And rock away to dreamy rest
To her low, soothing lullaby.
The night-wind breathes across the plain;
The moonbeams shed a luster bright;
The cattle low a weird refrain
Upon the star-lit summer night.

By-low, babe, oh, rockaby!
By-low, babe, oh, hushaby!
Down along the winding trail thy daddy rides where shadows creep.
So-ho, baby, close thine eyes!
By-low, babe, the sunset dies!
Sleep, my little prairie wildflower, lullaby, oh, sleep!

Upon the mesa, bare and brown,
The slinking, gaunt coyotes prowl;
And hark! upon the silent air,
In ghostly cadence echoing there,
Floats forth the gray wolf's mournful howl,
The cowboy's song rings loud and clear,
As 'round the bedded herd he rides;
And from the stunted sagebrush near
The sluggish rattler smoothly glides.

By-low, babe, oh, rockaby!
By-low, babe, oh, hushaby!
O'er the rugged buttes and foothills golden moonbeams shyly peep.
So-ho, baby, close thine eyes!
Dream to mother's lullabies!
Sleep, my little prairie wildflower, lullaby, oh, sleep!





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