Lullaby for a Man-Child

Lullaby for a Man-Child is the first song from Read's Songs to Children, Op. 76 song cycle. This song sets Jean Starr Untermeyer's poetry to music.

Date: 1949Composer: Gardner ReadText: Jean Starr UntermeyerSong Collection: Songs to Children, Op. 76

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Lullaby for a Man-Child

By Jean Starr Untermeyer


The mountains waver through my tears, Hush, my son.

The trees are bending at the knees

Like women broken by the years.

But you, my child, need have no fears;

Only for Woman, love has spears. Sleep, my son.

So cuddle closer to my heart. Dream, my son

Tis strange to think that you find peace

Here, where all stormy passions start.

But you need fear no ache or smart

The pain is always woman’s part. Sleep, my son.


Gardner Read: The Art of Song

(William Blake, Frances Frost, James Joyce, Gardner Read, Henry Russell, Rabindranath Tagore and Jean Starr Untermeyer)


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Lullaby for a Man-Child

Composer(s): Garder Read

Voice Type: Medium

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