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THE CRADLE-BOAT, by            
First Line: Baby is sailing away in a boat
Last Line: Rock, little baby, rock!


Baby is sailing away in a boat,--
Rock, little baby, rock!
Never a sailor so sleepy afloat,--
Rock, little baby, rock!
Birdies have gone to their nest in the tree,--
They never made such a voyage as we;
Over the billows we bound merrily,--
Rock, little baby, rock!

Purple and golden now glimmers the sun,--
Rock, little baby, rock!
Half of our voyage is over and done,--
Rock, little baby, rock!
Oh, the fair shore that we sail to afar!
There every shell is as bright as a star;
There all the roses the prettiest are;
Rock, little baby, rock!

Mother is guiding her sailor, so bright,--
Rock, little baby, rock!
She will keep watch, so a kiss for good-night;
Rock, little baby, rock!
Close to the harbor of Sleep now we sail;
Softly we anchor from Care's weary gale;
Back we shall come when the morning we hail,--
Rock, little baby, rock!





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