American Old Time Song Lyrics: 39 Sleep Baby Sleep

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 39

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Copyright, 1893, by Nocton Company.
By Roland Hennessy.

My little one is sleepy and wants to go to rest;
Come, precious little cherub, get ready for your nest;
Then close your tiny eyelids while sleep to you I bring;
Rest your weary head, sweet one, and slumber while I sing.

Hush! my baby, go to sleep, as the shadows 'round as creep,
Go to dreamland without fear, I'll be watching ever near, Sleep, baby, sleep.

Do not fear, my pretty one, but close your eyes in sleep;
For I am fondly watching, and strict guard I will keep.
No harm will dare come near you, for One who sees us all
Has sent a guardian angel to heed your slightest call. - Chorus.

Sleep on, life's greatest blessing, sleep on and have no care;
May worldly strife ne'er touch you, may brightness be your share.
So close your drooping eyelids and rest 'neath mother's wing;
Dear babe, know naught of sorrow, but slumber while I sing.- Chorus.

Copyright Oliver Ditson Company, Boston.
Words and Music by Charlie de Kress.

There's a sweet little maid o'er the sea,
In the land where the shamrock is green;
And I know she is wishing for me,
For she loves me, the darling Colleen.
And to-night as the sky smiles a greeting,
And the stars light their jewels of dew,
My heart for her fondly is beating;
It can never change false and untrue.

There's a place in my heart for you yet, and others all vainly may woo;
Ah, how could it e'er learn to forget the love it once promised to you?

Many years have gone by since we met;
'Twas the last ere the ship sailed away,
And her teardrops of tender regret
Told me more than her mute lips could say
Of the love that her gentle heart bore me,
And the grief that it gave her to part;
Ah, sure till the sod blossoms o'er me,
She'll be dearest of all in my heart.- Chorus.
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