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Like a Cradle Rocking

Like a cradle rocking, rocking, Silent, peaceful, to and fro

Author: Helen Hunt Jackson
Published in 8 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Like a cradle rocking, rocking,
⁠Silent, peaceful, to and fro,
Like a mother’s sweet looks dropping
⁠On the little face below,
Hangs the green earth, swinging, turning,
⁠Jarless, noiseless, safe and slow;
Falls the light of God’s face bending
⁠Down and watching us below.

2 And as feeble babes that suffer,
⁠Toss and cry, and will not rest,
Are the ones the tender mother
⁠Holds the closest, loves the best,
So when we are weak and wretched,
⁠By our sins weighed down, distressed,
Then it is that God’s great patience
⁠Holds us closest, loves us best.

3 O great Heart of God! whose loving
⁠Cannot hindered be nor crossed;
Will not weary, will not even
⁠In our death itself be lost—
Love divine! of such great loving,
⁠Only mothers know the cost—
Cost of love, which all love passing,
⁠Gave a Son to save the lost.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #15456

Author: Helen Hunt Jackson

Used pseudonym: Saxe Holm Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Like a cradle rocking, rocking, Silent, peaceful, to and fro
Title: Like a Cradle Rocking
Author: Helen Hunt Jackson
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Cradle rocking to and free
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #15456
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  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


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The Cyber Hymnal #15456

Include 7 pre-1979 instances
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