A Lullaby

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Cypress Chorale
03/03/2016
Ryan Murphy

Story

Based on a poem by Eugene Field, A Lullaby is a beautiful choral piece about the simplicity of life. The song moves through three sections, which all relate to an established melodic line. Each section grows with emotional depth, and finally brings about the climax of the poem, that the young child has passed on. The line that depicts that idea is, "there is a little one asleep who does not hear his mother's song." The eloquence and intensity of this pice pleases both singers and audience members with the resonant melody and message. Such a simple melody brings to life a deeply emotion situation where the idea of life is fleeting.

Lyrics

The stars are twinkling in the skies,

The earth is lost in slumbers deep:

So hush, my sweet, and close thine eyes,

And let me lull thy soul to sleep.

Compose thy dimpled hands to rest,

An like a little birding lie

Secure within thy cozy nest

Upon my loving mother breast

And slumber to my lullaby,

So hushaby - O hushaby

 

The moon is singing to a star

The little song I sing to you;

The father sun has strayed afar,

As baby's sire is straying too.

And so the loving mother moon 

Sings to the little star on high;

And as she sings, her gentle tune

Is borne to me, and this I croon

For thee, my sweet, that lullaby

Of hushaby - O hushaby

 

There is a little one asleep 

That does not hear his mother's song;

But angel watchers - as I weep -

Surround his grave the night-tide long.

And as I sing, my sweet, to you,

Oh, would the lullaby I sing -

The same sweet lullaby he knew

While slumb'ring on this bosom too -

Were borne to him on angel's wing!

So hushaby - O hushaby

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