Tuesday, December 06, 2011

St. Nick comes tonight

Backward, turn backward, O Time in thy flight
                  Make me a child again, just for tonight
                  Mother, come back from the echo less shore
                  Take me again to your heart as of yore.

                  Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care
                  Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair
                  Over my slumber your loving watch keep, ---
                  Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep

                  Over my heart in days that are flown
                  No love like mother love ever was shown
                  No other worship abides and endures
                  Faithful unselfish and patient like yours

                  None like a mother can charm away pain
                  From the sick soul and the world weary brain
                  Slumber soft love ore my heavy lids creep
                  Rock me to sleep mother rock me to sleep

                  Mother dear mother the years have been long
                  Since I last hushed to your lullaby song
                  Sing them and unto my sole it shall seep
                  Womanhood’s years have been only a dream

                  Clasped to your heart in a loving embrace
                  With your light lashes just sweeping my face
                  Never here after to wake or to weep
                  Rock me to sleep mother rock me to sleep

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