Brahms Lullaby

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Lullaby, and good night,
With pink roses bedight,
With lilies o'erspread,
Is my baby's sweet head.
Lay you down now, and rest,
May your slumber be blessed!
Lay you down now, and rest,
May thy slumber be blessed!

Lullaby, and good night,
You're your mother's delight,
Shining angels beside
My darling abide.
Soft and warm is your bed,
Close your eyes and rest your head.
Soft and warm is your bed,
Close your eyes and rest your head.

Sleepyhead, close your eyes.
Mother's right here beside you.
I'll protect you from harm,
You will wake in my arms.
Guardian angels are near,
So sleep on, with no fear.
Guardian angels are near,
So sleep on, with no fear.

Lullaby, and sleep tight.
Hush! My darling is sleeping,
On his sheets white as cream,
With his head full of dreams.
When the sky's bright with dawn,
He will wake in the morning.
When noontide warms the world,
He will frolic in the sun.

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Information About Brahms Lullaby

Brahms Lullaby is probably one of the most recognizable songs on Earth. It has been sung to small children around the world for generations. The song was published in 1868, and carried the nickname of 'Cradle Song'.

The lullaby was named after it's composer, Johannes Brahms. He titled the piece 'Weigenlied: Guten Abend, Gute Nocht', which translates to 'Good evening, good night'. The lyrics to the first verse were based off a collection of German poems called 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'. The second stanza was added in 1849 by George Scherer.

Brahms dedicated the lullaby to his friend Bertha Faber, for the birth of her second son. He wrote the melody around an older folk song she used to sing to him when they were younger. It was publicly performed for the first time on December 22, 1869 by Louise Dustmann (singer) and Clara Schumann (piano).

The tune to Brahms Lullaby is also commonly used to sing the Hebrew words of Jacobs blessing to his grandchildren (Genesis 48:16). This blessing is incorporated into the 'Bedtime Shema', a Jewish lullaby. The name Brahms Lullaby, or Cradle Song, is used for a number of other lullaby's that are based on the same basic tune. You can look for other classic lullaby's here.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This is a lullaby with a Christian view point

Roses whisper "goodnight"
'neath the sil'vry light
asleep on the dew
they hide from our view
when the dawn peepeth through
God will wake them and you
when the dawn peepeth through
God will wake them and you.

Slumber deeply my dear
For the angels are near
to watch over you
the silent night through
and to bear you above
to the dreamland of love
and to bear you above
to the dreamland of love.

Original German Lyrics

Guten Abend, gute Nacht, Mit Rosen bedacht,
Mit Naeglein besteckt, schlupf unter die Deck'
Morgen frueh, wenn Gott will, wirst du wieder geweckt
Morgen frueh, wenn Gott will, wirst du wieder geweckt.

Guten Abend, gute Nacht, Von Englein bewacht
Die zeigen im Traum, dir Christkindleins Baum
Schlaf nun selig und suess, Schau im Traum's Paradies
Schlaf nun selig und suess, Schau im Traum's Paradies.

You can add this as additional lyrics or as a short version of the lullaby

"When at night I go to sleep,
Fourteen angels watch do keep-
Two to whom are given,
To guide my steps to Heaven".

Here's another Christian version with the use of "thou"

Lullaby and good night
with roses bed night
climb into thy bed
there pillow thy head
If God will, thou will wake
when the morning doth break
If God will thou will wake
when the morning doth break.

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Tui, New Zealand

7 February 2017 at 12:21am

I have sung this for past twenty years to put babies to sleep our version goes ...Sleep my darling goodnight Neath roses of white ,carnations below with sweet radiant glow.close those sweet star-like eyes nto dreams paradise ,close those sweet star-like eyes into dreams paradise .Over and over to Brahms tune I don't know where these lyrics originated by have heard it this way all my life and love it ..And gentle sleeping babies

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chloe, canada

27 September 2016 at 3:40am

jr bedtime

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Boss, Lao People's Democratic Republic

18 July 2016 at 4:34am

Ih hvor er det bare rart at høre, at man ikke er den eneste med det problem! Håber at du også finde en ernttasing for de to gamle bikinier :) Det er især øv, når ens elskede gamle bikini går i stykker.. krise!!Ha en dejlig søndag :)

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Kaed, Czech Republic

18 July 2016 at 2:33am

This video is very informative and put together very well. But even before the video, it was so clear what the Obama adrtinsimation and mainstream media were doing – creating a false narrative and a diversion from the truth which has become their routine MO. Anyone paying attention would have to intentionally not want to know the truth to not see this as perhaps the largest coverup of our lifetime. I now wish the question asked would be what was Ambassador Stevens doing in Benghazi in the first place. This may be the real story.

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Trish, United States

9 March 2016 at 5:45am

I used to sing this to my children from "Little Golden Books",that had small rhythms and Lullaby song, Go to sleep,go to sleep, go to sleepy little baby, go to sleep, go to sleep,go to sleepy little horses, black and bay, dapple and gray, all the pretty little horses ,,,,, mama loves you, daddy loves you, everybody loves baby. They loved it! That was the only way I knew any words to it from that book, lol. Thank goodness for the real lyrics

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Ejesh, Turkmenistan

18 October 2014 at 5:53am

Hi, my baby sleep only when i sing this lullaby, she like it more than our "huwdi" it is traditional lullaby.i found the words and learn it)))

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david Walters, Macon Georgia USA

17 October 2014 at 3:17pm

When I first went to school in England In 1939 the Nuns used to teach us this song. The words I remember went like this. As I bid thee goodnight Bright stars shed their light and the roses dew deep their heads hide in sleep When the morning doth break All the earth shall awake When the morning doth break All the earth shall awake.

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Chloe, Canada

30 September 2014 at 9:44pm

I have a lyric suggestion: the very first line is "goodnight, sleep tight." Another one: "Lullaby, lullaby..."

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rebirv, Massachusetts, USA

13 August 2014 at 9:59pm

I learned a lullaby in school that began, I think: Lullaby and goodnight, two trees rose bright and it ended: And a gain if God wilt shall thou wake in the morn, And a gain if God wilt shall thou wake in the morn. Can anybody give me the full lyrics? Thank you.

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Mags, U.k.

1 July 2014 at 5:16pm

When I was young we used to sing a different version of this lullaby it went like this. As I kiss thee goodnight, bright stars shed their light, the roses dew deep, their star light to keep. I just can't remember any more of it but if any one knows the rest of the verse I would be delighted to hear it.

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Suzy, Australia

22 May 2014 at 9:53am

I learnt this on the piano as a teenager and the lyrics I learnt which I know sing to my 2 year old son are: " lullaby, and goodnight Go to bed now and sleep tight Close your eyes and start to yawn Pleasant dreams until the dawn When the sun lights the sky You will wake feeling nigh Start the day with a smile Life is really worthwhile "

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Shirlyn, Philippines

13 April 2013 at 2:45pm

wow! what a beautiful song...supah llike it...=D

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Jade, United States

20 October 2012 at 6:21am

Lullaby and goodnight, go to sleep little baby Like a flower in it's bed Lay down your sweet head And when the moorning is neeaar I will wake you my dear And when the mooooorning is neeeear I will waake you my dear <3 the way my mommy sings it :)

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Ash, Philippines

19 July 2012 at 11:40pm

I love this song...

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Linda, United States

13 July 2012 at 11:11pm

I have hummed this song many a night couldn't remember the name of it or all the words.Thanks for solving a mystery for me!

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Glesie, Philippines

25 February 2012 at 7:53am

my angel's favorite lullaby...:) like it...

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Mini, Bhutan

22 January 2012 at 4:55am

Gd web ! :)

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Cathy, United States

8 August 2011 at 2:44am

I have a 4 month old son and this is the song I always hum to him to help him go to sleep. I didn't know the words or the name of it,but it almost always works to put my little guy to sleep. I think I'll try to learn the lyrics just for fun. Such a soothing song.

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Rhonda, Australia

4 August 2011 at 2:50am

I LOVE this song i never knew the correct lyrics but picked up bits from everywhere. I have sung this song to my sweet Ashlynn ever ince she was born and that was 3 yrs ago I still sing it to her when she goes to bed. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy when I hear her trying to sing to her "babies". We call it "the Hush-a-bye song"

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Mairead, United Kingdom

7 May 2011 at 5:59pm

I played this on the violin for my little sister, and my cousin used to sing it to me when my parents were gone, and I couldn't sleep because I was crying. I sing it in German and Gaelic and English. My sister wanted me to make up a Turkish version for her, and now that shes gone, I will sing a Turkish version at her funeral, since it was her favorite song.

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