Hush-a-Bye My Babies Two   Leave a comment

Owl

Above:  An Owl, Between 1900 and 1920

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/matpc/item/mpc2004004709/PP/)

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-02384

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandmother wrote this text for her first two children, Randolph Winburn Barrett (1905-?) and Sarah Claiborne Barrett (1908-1954).

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Hush-a-bye, my babies two,

Sleep while mother sings to you,

Softly, softly close your eyes,

Till the morning gilds the skies.

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In your tree a birdie sings

To the nestlings ‘neath her wings,

Chirping softly bids them sleep

In their drowsy cradle deep.

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Asks an owl in grave surprise,

Whose are these wide-open eyes?

Only baby owls should be

‘Wake this time of night, you see.

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Ere long fairy folk will come,

Trooping from their woodland home.

Then may friendly mortals soon

Watch them dance beneath moon.

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But such sights are not for you,

Not tonight, my babies two;

The Sandman has closed your eyes,

Taking you quite by surprise.

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Soon in Dreamland you will be,

There perchance you’ll meet with me;

There I soon shall follow you,

Sweetly sleep, my babies two.

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

CORNELIA, GEORGIA

1910

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