A Variation on "To Say to Go to Sleep"

"A Variation on 'To Say to Go to Sleep'" is the second song in Scott Wheeler's song cycle Singing to Sleep.

Date: 1984Composer: Scott WheelerText: Randall JarrellSong Collection: Singing to Sleep

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A Variation on “To Say to Go to Sleep”
Adapted from Rainer Maria Rilke
by Randall Jarrell

If I could, I would sing you to sleep.
I would give you my hand to keep
In yours till you fell asleep,
And take it away then, slowly.
I would sit by you and be.

In the world the dark would be deep.
I would watch. And at last I would sleep.

But if rain should star the stream
Of your sleep, I would whisper: “See
You are asleep”; and slowly,
Your breath would change in your dream
Till, ages and ages deep
In the dark, you would say to me:
“I love you.”
I love you,
But I am here always. Sleep now. Sleep.

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