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First Line: In days gone by, when a baby I
Last Line: Angels are watching and mother is near!
Subject(s): Mothers; Children; Death; Childhood; Dead, The


In days gone by, when a baby I,
And mother's food heart was young,
Upon her breast she laid me to rest,
And, rocking me, sweetly sung:
Thus to and fro, with a song I know
That hadn't a touch of art,
Sleep closed the eye with a lullaby
That came from a mother's heart.
Lullaby, lullaby, rock-a-by, baby,
Lullaby, lullaby, rock-a-by, dear;
Sweet be thy slumber, my darling, my baby,
Angels are watching and mother is near!

The days went by and a little one I,
With Dolly upon my knee,
I sang the air, in my rocking chair,
That mother had sung to me.
Then laid her down in her little nightgown,
Tucked in with a mother's care,
To close her eye with a lullaby,
Soon after her dolly prayer:
Lullaby, lullaby, rock-a-by, baby,
Lullaby, lullaby, rock-a-by, dear;
Sweet be thy slumber, my darling, my baby,
Angels are watching and mother is near!

The years rolled by and a maiden I;
Dear mother had passed away.
Upon her breast, like a babe at rest,
A pretty white rosebud lay.
Her hands crossed so--till it seemed as though
She thought she were holding me.
Death closed her eye with a lullaby,
To wake in eternity.
Lullaby, lullaby, rock-a-by, baby,
Lullaby, lullaby, rock-a-by, dear;
Sweet be thy slumber, my darling, my baby;
Angels are watching and mother is near!





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