Emmanuel George Cefai

(12th March 1955 / Victoria, Gozo)

Sleep, sleep, my sweet one sleep


Sleep, sleep, my sweet one sleep
Let the film of Morpheus come
Like a veiled mist
And visit your eye-lids
And in the airs around
Invisible a sweet sylph sings
A lulling lullaby.


Sleep, sleep, my sweet one sleep
And woes forget and ills
And wrongs and plots
And treacheries:
Like a veiled mist
Dreams are falling through
Falling
Falling
Falling thro’ your eye-lids thick
With the lead of Morpheus awhile
A sylph doth sing
A lulling lullaby.


Sleep, sleep, my sweet one sleep
And think of day and night
And dusk and dawn
And even
As one film images pass
Along your eyes a-dreaming
a-dreaming
A-dreaming
Awhile< br>A sylph doth sing
A lulling lullaby.

Submitted: Wednesday, October 05, 2011

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  • Freshman - 1,339 Points Daniel Brick (6/17/2014 6:39:00 PM)

    This is a lovely, quiet and quieting lullaby. And the refrain is especially focused on the goal of every lullaby - to induce sleep as something safe and gentle, something to welcome without fear. I'm impressed with the speaker of this poem. S/He seems to possess infinite patience and gentleness, and is willing to spend the time needed for this child to finally surrender to sleep. There is a passage, however, in the second stanza which surprised me because it does not seem addressed to a child, namely SLEEP... WOES FORGET AND ILLS, /AND WRONGS AND PLOTS, /AND TREACHERIES. I'm glad the last stanza forgets these things and returns to the singing sylph. (Report) Reply

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