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A CHRISTMAS LULLABY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sleep, baby, sleep! The mother sings
Last Line: Sleep, baby, sleep!
Variant Title(s): A Lullaby For Christmas
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


Sleep, Baby, sleep! The mother sings:
Heaven's angels kneel and fold their wings.
Sleep, Baby, sleep!

Sleep, Baby, sleep! The father cries:
Stars lean and worship from the skies.
Sleep, Baby, sleep!

With swathes of scented hay Thy bed
By Mary's hand at eve was spread.
Sleep, Baby, sleep!

At midnight came the shepherds, they
Whom angels wakened by the way.
Sleep, Baby, sleep!

And three kings from the East afar
Ere dawn came, guided by Thy star.
Sleep, Baby, sleep!

They brought Thee gifts of gold and gems
Pure Orient pearls, rich diadems.
Sleep, Baby, sleep!

But Thou, who liest slumbering there,
Art King of kings, earth, stars, and air.
Sleep, Baby, sleep!

Sleep, Baby, sleep! The shepherds sing:
Through earth, through heaven, hosannas ring.
Sleep, Baby, sleep!





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