Sunday, 2 November 2008

Sleep then my princess

I had a memory come to me recently, one I hadnt thought about for many years. I was singing to my 3 year old and suddenly rememberd a song my Mum used to sing to me when I couldnt sleep. She would stroke my forehead and sing these words

Sleep then, my Princess, oh, sleep!
Slowly the gray shadows creep;
Forest and meadow are still;
Peace falls on valley and hill;
Luna appears in the sky,
Holding her lantern on high;
Stars now their night watches keep,
Sleep then, my Princess, oh sleep!
Sleep then, my Princess, oh, sleep!
Calm flow the waters so deep;
Soon shall thy weary lids close;
Sink to a gentle repose;
Mother shall leave her Princess;
Heaven thy slumber shall bless;
Angels their watch o'er thee keep,
Sleep then, my Princess, oh sleep!

Now I couldnt remember every word at the time, but the trusty internet soon found them courtesy of my search of "sleep now my princess" I then discovered it was a well known Mozart piece called The cradle song or Wiegenlied.
I love the words above, and they used to conjure up magical visions in my head as I tried to sleep.
So I went looking for the song and was really happy to find a gorgeous version by Hayley Westernra, who in my opinion, has the most pure beautiful voice! She does a brilliant version of "Wuthering Heights" the number 1 song in my Top 100 list of best ever songs :)
ahhh Mum, thanks for giving me a lovely memory!

Did your Mother sing to you at bedtime? or any other time?


MelMel said...

Lovely memory....

Thank you for the nice comment....she really enjoyed it!xxx

MelMel said...

I've given you an has your sis i've just read...:>)))
Its the same one!

How are you?x

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