Japanese Lullaby Poem by Eugene Field

Japanese Lullaby

Rating: 2.8

Sleep, little pigeon, and fold your wings,--
Little blue pigeon with velvet eyes;
Sleep to the singing of mother-bird swinging--
Swinging the nest where her little one lies.

Away out yonder I see a star,--
Silvery star with a tinkling song;
To the soft dew falling I hear it calling--
Calling and tinkling the night along.

In through the window a moonbeam comes,--
Little gold moonbeam with misty wings;
All silently creeping, it asks, "Is he sleeping--
Sleeping and dreaming while mother sings?"

Up from the sea there floats the sob
Of the waves that are breaking upon the shore,
As though they were groaning in anguish, and moaning--
Bemoaning the ship that shall come no more.

But sleep, little pigeon, and fold your wings,--
Little blue pigeon with mournful eyes;
Am I not singing?--see, I am swinging--
Swinging the nest where my darling lies.

Susan Williams 20 December 2015

What a charming lullaby except perhaps the part about seas moaning and groaning might be too sad for youngsters. Lovely anyway!

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Dark Queen8 09 February 2008

this is beutiful whoever posted this thank you

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Fallen Angel 16 July 2007

this lullabye is beautiful...it touches the deepest depths of my heart

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