Words to Brahms's Lullabye?
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From: Kris (9/98)
Question: Does anyone know the words to Brahm's Lullabye? It starts: Lullabye and good night...
We sing this one every night. According to my copy of the Metropolitan Museum's lullaby book, the words are:
May thy slumbers be blessed
Here's the version I learned in the past year and sing to my son:
close your eyes now and dream
There are several verses to Brahms' lullabye. I only have the first one memorized:
may thy slumber be blest.
At least two more verses are listed in _Rise_Up_Singing_, a great book for parents who sing to or with their children. This book has words to *many* of the songs we learned as children, and many folksongs, both traditional and composed during this century. The book is available at many bookstores, and I'm sure you could order it over the Internet through Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. It is spiral bound for ease of use. Although I do not have it, I have been told that a companion tape and or CD (set?) has been released with the *tunes* to many of the songs in the book. This would be great because I often find that I recall the tune to the chorus, but not to the verse of many songs.
I will call them all forth
after looking around some more , I found out there are a lot of versions to the lyrics , so here's another one:
From: Barbara Brahms Lullaby can be found at http://hendersonville-pd.org/nurserylullaby.html
Here is another one that my father-in-law sings to children. We have seen it in an old sing along movie reel on AMC, the movie cable channel.
Oh go to sleep, my little buckaroo.
I think there are other words to it.
I learned this in high school during WWII when I was evacuated from London, both with German and English words. I am in agreement with your German version but have a different English version than you post in your Advice to Parents. I sang it both in German and English to all four of my children and several grandchildren.
In thy dreamland so blest