Mum's songs

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Did your mother sing to you when you were very young? A lullaby to send you to sleep? I remember fragments of those songs and have been able to find three of them.

Love's Old Sweet Song

Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight) by James Lynam Molloy in 1884 was a favourite; here is the chorus.

Just a song at twilight, when the lights are low And the flickering shadows softly come and go Though the heart be weary sad the day and long Still to us at twilight comes love's old sweet song

The Elfin Call

Water-Lilies (A Fairy Story) is a poem by Felicia Dorothea Hemans 1793-1835. The Elfin Call is a two-part song: words by Mrs. Hemans; music by Stephen Glover 1813-1870 and arranged by Cyril Jenkins – a lullaby. Here is a shortened version.

Come, come away, where the dew lies sweet Come to the dingle where the fairies meet Know that the lilies have shed their buds All o'er pools in the forest dell Come come away, come come away Come, come come away!

I Dreamt that I Dwelt in Marble Halls

I Dreamt that I Dwelt in Marble Halls (The Gipsy Girl's Dream) is a song from the opera The Bohemian Girl composed by Michael Balfe and libretto by Alfred Bunn in 1843; here is a shortened version.

I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls, With vassals and serfs at my side, But I also dreamt, which pleased me most, That you lov'd me still the same... That you lov'd me, you lov'd me still the same, That you lov'd me, you lov'd me still the same.

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