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Spirit & Heritage In Song – ‘Slumber My Darling’ – 1862

 

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Slumber My Darling

A beautiful old American lullaby written by Stephen Foster in the midst of the American War Between The States. A song of devotion, compassion, tenderness and protection, apt for that era of turmoil in American history.

Stephen Foster


 
Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), known as the “father of American music”, was the pre-eminent songwriter in the United States of the 19th century. His songs — such as “Oh! Susanna”, “Camptown Races”, “Old Folks at Home” (“Swanee River”), “Hard Times Come Again No More”, “My Old Kentucky Home”, “Old Black Joe”, “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair”, and “Beautiful Dreamer” — remain popular over 150 years after their composition. –Wikipedia

 
 
 
 
 

Alison Krauss + Yo Yo Ma – “Slumber My Darling”

 

 
 

Slumber My Darling by gourdmusic

 

See other songs of the American Spirit in History and at Music

 

Lyrics

Slumber, my darling, thy mother is near,
Guarding thy dreams from all terror & fear,
Sunlight has pass´d & the twilight has gone,
Slumber, my darling, the night´s coming on.
Sweet visions attend thy sleep,
Fondest, dearest to me,
While others their revels keep,
I´ll watch over thee.

Slumber, my darling, the birds´re at rest,
The wandering dews by the flow´rs are caressed,
Slumber, my darling, I will wrap thee up warm,
And pray that the angels will shield thee from harm.

Slumber, my darling, until morn´s blushing ray
Brings to the world the glad tidings of day;
Fill the dark void with thy dreamy delight–
Slumber, thy mother will guard thee tonight,
Thy pillow shall sacred be
From all outward alarms;
Thou, thou are the world to me
In thine innocent charms.

Slumber, my darling, the birds´re at rest,
The wandering dews by the flow´rs are caressed,
Slumber, my darling, I will wrap thee up warm,
And pray that the angels will shield thee from harm

 

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