Mother, I Am tired, Let Me Slumber

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1 Mother, I am tired, let me slumber,
Lay my aching head upon your breast;
You are weeping, and you look so somber,
Mother, do not weep, I love you best.

2 Here it's cold, without the wind is blowing,
But in sleep I dream the sweetest things;
Heaven opens and I see them flowing,
Angels soaring on their snowy wings.

3 Mother, look! An angel here is standing;
Listen, hear the music! Oh, how sweet!
See the flowers he to you is handing,
See them falling all around your feet!

4 Lo, how snowy-white his wings are shining,
Even brighter than the sun-lit sky,
Gold and pearls I see his garment lining;
Shall I have my wings before I die?

5 Mother dear, your eyes from me are turning!
Lay your cheek on mine, O mother, do,
It is wet and, like a fire, it's burning,
Mother, I will always be with you.

6 But, O mother, do not look so somber,
And your tears it hurts me so to see;
I am tired, and I wish to slumber,
Oh, the angel now is kissing me!

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #392

Author: H. C. Andersen

Andersen, Hans Christian, son of poor parents, was born at Odense, Denmark, April 2, 1805, and died Aug. 4, 1875. He is well known as a poet, and a writer for children. His Christmas Carol, "Child Jesus comes from heavenly height," translated from the Danish, is in The Evangelical Hymnal, N. Y., 1880. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Translator: P. C. Paulsen

Paul Christian Paulsen was born on March 26, 1881, in Alstrup, Jutland, Denmark. He emigrated to America in 1904, was ordained in 1911, and served as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Alberta, Canada. He died on July 26, 1948. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

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First Line: Mother, I am tired, let me slumber
Title: Mother, I Am tired, Let Me Slumber
Danish Title: Moder, jeg er traet, nu vil jeg sove
Author: H. C. Andersen
Translator: P. C. Paulsen
Meter: 10.9.10.9
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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