Rock Me to Sleep

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1 Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight,
Make me a child again just for tonight!
Mother, come back from the echoless 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 slumbers your loving watch keep,
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep.

Backward, O tide of the years!
I am so weary of toil and of tears;
Weary of sowing for others to reap;
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep.

2 Tired of the hollow, the base, the untrue,
Mother, O mother, my heart calls for you!
Many a summer the grass has grown green,
Blossomed and faded our faces between,
Yet, with strong yearning and passionate pain,
Long I tonight for your presence again;
Come from the silence so long and so deep,
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep. [Refrain]

3 Mother, dear mother, the years have been long
Since last I listened your lullaby song;
Sing, then! and unto my soul it shall seem
Years that are gone have been only a dream.
Held to your heart in a loving embrace,
With your light lashes just sweeping my face,
Never hereafter to wake or to weep,
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep. [Refrain]

Source: Progressive Sunday School Songs #178

Author: Elizabeth Akers Allen

Allen, Elizabeth (Chase) Akers. (Strong, Maine, October 9, 1832-August 7, 1911, Tuckahow, NY). Daughter of Thomas and Mercy Barton Chase. Married Marshall Taylor (1851-1857), Paul Akers (1860-1861), and Elijah M. Allen (1865-1911). Attended Farmington (Maine) Academy (later Maine State Teachers College). Taught briefly. Associate editor in Portland, Maine, of the Transcript (1855-1859) and the Daily Advertiser (1863-1865) and volunteer worker among the hospitalized soldiers. Contribute of essays, letters, and poems to various newspapers and magazines (chiefly the Atlantic Monthly) from her fifteenth year on, using the pseudonym "Florence Percy" for the first few years. Published her poems in book form from time to time. Allen was one of the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Backward, turn backward, O time, in your flight
Title: Rock Me to Sleep
Author: Elizabeth Akers Allen
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Rock me to sleep, mother
Copyright: Public Domain



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