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11 December 2007 @ 02:51 pm
My Favorite Lullaby  
This has always been my favorite Lullaby. I think the tune is lovely, and the lyrics are so comforting. The last line is about death, but that makes sense for when it was written. Children died all the time before we had antibiotics and immunizations. The last stanza is a prayer and a promise, that the child now going to sleep be taken gently to heaven should the need arise.

I found the lyrics on line, and just thought I'd share them with my f-list. If you'd like to hear the tune (played in simple computer synthesized notes, sorry) then you should go here.


All Through the Night

Old Welsh Air
Written By: Sir Harold Boulton (1884)
Copyright Unknown



Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee,
All through the night;
Guardian angels God will send thee,
All through the night;
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and vale in slumber sleeping,
I my loving vigil keeping,
All through the night.

While the moon her watch is keeping,
All through the night;
While the weary world is sleeping,
All through the night;
O'er thy spirit gently stealing,
Visions of delight revealing,
Breathes a pure and holy feeling,
All through the night.

Hark, a solemn bell is ringing,
Clear through the night;
You, my love, are heav'nward winging,
Home through the night.
Earthly dust from off thee shaken,
By good angels art though taken;
Soul immortal shalt though waken,
Home through the night.
 
 
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rjrog77 on December 12th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)

Ar Hyd Y Nos is one of my very favourite Welsh songs. I'm glad you like it too. :)

svanderslice: Kitties - hugsvanderslice on December 12th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
It's amazing what we find we have in common with our online friends, isn't it?

Ar Hyd Y Nos, is that how you say it in Welsh? It's beautiful. Are you Welsh?
rjrog77 on December 12th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)

It's amazing what we find we have in common with our online friends, isn't it?

'Tis, indeedy :)

Ar Hyd Y Nos, is that how you say it in Welsh? It's beautiful. Are you Welsh?

Unfortunately, no, I'm not (my heritage is from Ireland); I lived there for a while, though.

Another lovely Welsh song/hymn/lullaby is Calon Lân, if you come across it - has a lovely tune to it, too.

ganeris: ozmaganeris on December 13th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
My mom sang this to me every night before bed; and I in turn sang it every night for my kids until they got too old to be sung to sleep. One of my favorites.
svanderslice: Kitties - Orangesvanderslice on December 13th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
That's so lovely. If Billy and I have children, I'd love to do the same. There is just something about the lyrics that touches me. It is just so full of love. :)