Little Eva's Good-Night

Good-night, little birds! I am going to bed

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1 Good-night, little birds! I am going to bed,
To lay on nice pillow my tired little head;
And you, pretty warblers, have flown to your nest,
To fold your sweet wings, and then quietly rest.
So we'll both shut our eyes, till again it is light,
Kindly wishing each other a very "good-night."

2 Good-night to you too, my dear, pretty young lambs,
That all the day long have skipp'd by your dams;
For you, I am sure, must be wearied with play,
Then close to your mothers your little heads lay;
See--the beautiful sun gives no longer its light,
So is it not time to say, kindly, "Good-night?"

3 Good-night, pretty pussy, 'tis too late for play,
For I have not, like you, been sleeping all day;
'Tis no use to look as if asking for fun--
No, no! perhaps to-morrow we'll have a run;
But now, little pussy, I'm tired outright,
So I'll stroke your smooth coat, and say, kindly, "Good-night."

4 Good-night, dearest papa, and you, mama, too,
See how wet are the daisies with evening dew;
The dark clouds of night soon like curtains will close
Round the bed where God's children in quiet repose--
So kindly he draws them to hide the bright light,
That we all may enjoy a peaceful "good-night."

5 Good-night, then, to God, may I venture to say--
To him who has loved me and kept me all day?
Mamma, is it wrong, ere I sink to repose,
And these eyelids in sleep so heavily close--
To thank him who made all that's good and that's bright,
And with baby-lips say, "God, I wish thee good-night?"

Source: Linden Harp: a rare collection of popular melodies adapted to sacred and moral songs, original and selected. Illustrated. Also a manual of... #129

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First Line: Good-night, little birds! I am going to bed
Title: Little Eva's Good-Night
Copyright: Public Domain


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