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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

Lullaby   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Angel’s Whisper, Between 1890 and 1900

Image Creator = Great Western Supply House

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/pga/item/95514352/)

Reproduction Number = LC-USZC4-3398

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandmother wrote this text for Sarah Claiborne Barrett (1908-1954), her second child and first daughter.  The words fit the tune “Russian Vesper Hymn,” to which generations have sung “Now On Land and Sea Descending.”

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Bye O, bye ,O Baby, bye O,

Hush-a-bye, my precious one,

Close your eyes in peaceful slumber,

For the restless day is done.

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Softly fades the golden glory

From the setting sun’s last ray,

Softly now the deepening twilight

Steals upon the dying day.

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All the little birds are sleeping,

‘Neath their mother’s drowsy breast,

And the evening star grows brighter

As the light fades from the west.

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Softly now the vesper anthem

Floats upon the scented air;

Like a strain of heav’nly music

Earthward borne by angels fair.

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Bye O, bye O, Baby, bye, O,

Naught can harm thee, little one,

While our Heavenly Father guards thee,

Sweetly sleep,–the day is done.

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

DOUGLASVILLE, GEORGIA

1907

When Baby Goes to Slumbertown   Leave a comment

Songs from a Parsonage Kitchen

Above:  The Title Page of Songs From a Parsonage Kitchen

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandmother wrote this for her firstborn son, Randolph Winburn Barrett (1905-?).

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 COMMON ERA

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When Baby goes to Slumbertown,

He takes the Dreamland ferry,

With smile and coo, and laughter too,

And dimples sweet and merry.

Chorus:

O bye, O bye, O baby boy,

O bye, O baby dear,

O close your eyes, my bonny lad,

For Slumbertown is near.

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The captain is his mother dear,

The boat, her rocking chair,

Away they go with naught to fear,

In weather foul or fair.

Chorus

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When near the port of Slumbertown

His eyelids heavy grow,

For none may enter Slumbertown,

With open eyes, you know.

Chorus

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Slower and slower rocks the boat,

O’er the water still and deep,

And anchors soon at Slumbertown,

For the Baby’s fast asleep.

Chorus

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

PALMETTO, GEORGIA

1905