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THE NIPPER'S LULLABY, by            
First Line: He's run his little legs orff, and at last he's gone
Last Line: Sleep lightly, dream brightly, etc.


He's run his little legs orff, and at last he's gone to sleep.
Lor'! wot a puffick mint o' love lies in that little 'eap!
He's a baby to be prahd on, weighing not far off a stone,
He's worth 'is weight in thick uns, and 'e's all our wery own.
Sleep lightly, dream brightly,
Rest until the daylight comes agen.
Wake up in the mornin'
When the day is dawnin',
But sleep your level best till then.

Jes' see 'im of a mornin' as 'e sets up in 'is bed.
And sez such things, it's wonderful 'ow they all come in 'is 'ead!
And he sucks his blessed bottle till it's drier than a bone.
Like his dad, 'e likes 'is bottle,--and 'e's all our wery own.
Sleep lightly, dream brightly, etc.

And the things that nipper swallers--well, you really wouldn't think.
If there is a thing he's nuttier on than anything, it's ink!
Drinks a glass full at a settin',--sich a thing was never known!
And he dines orff nails and matches,--and he's all our wery own.
Sleep lightly, dream brightly, etc.

He's got a narsty temper,--"Like 'is dad," 'is mammy sez,--
And wotever he's a likin' for, that little warmint 'es.
He's the ortiest of ortocrats wot sits upon a throne,
For he does jest wot he bloomin' likes,--and he's all our wery own.
Sleep lightly, dream brightly, etc.





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