The Sister's Lullaby

Padraic Colum 1881 (County Longford) – 1972 (Enfield)

You would not slumber
If laid at my breast:
You would not slumber.

The river-flood beats
The swan from her nest:
You would not slumber.

And like that quick flood
My blood goes unguessed:
You would not slumber.

Times without number
Has called the wood quest:
Times without number.

As oft as she called
To me you were pressed:
Times without number.

Now you'd not slumber
If laid at my breast
Times without number.

O starling reed-resting,
I’ll rock you to rest:
So you will slumber.

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Padraic Colum

Padraic Colum was an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer, playwright, children's author and collector of folklore. more…

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