Brahms Lullaby

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Lyrics

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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