The sleep that flits on baby's eyes
The sleep that flits on baby's eyes -
does anybody know from where it comes?
Yes, there is a rumour that it has its dwelling
where, in the fairy village among shadows of the forest
dimly lit with glow-worms,
there hang two timid buds of enchantment.
From there it comes to kiss baby's eyes.
The smile that flickers on baby's lips when he sleeps -
does anybody know where it was born?
Yes, there is a rumour
that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched
the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud,
and there the smile was first born
in the dream of a dew-washed morning -
the smile that flickers on baby's lips when he sleeps.
The sweet, soft freshness that blooms on baby's limbs -
does anybody know where it was hidden so long?
Yes, when the mother was a young girl it lay pervading her heart
in tender and silent mystery of love -
the sweet, soft freshness that has bloomed on baby's limbs.
J. Carpenter sets stanza 1
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text),
listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
by John Alden Carpenter (1876 - 1951)
, no title, published 1914, stanza 1, from Gitanjali (Song Offerings), no. 3. [
, title unknown
text verified 1 time]
by John Fitz Rogers (b. 1963)
, "The sleep that flits on baby's eyes", 2008 [soprano and piano], from Songs of Time and Tide, no. 2. [
text not yet verified ]
by Thomas Wegren
, "Infant's secret", 1994 [tenor, piano, and cassette tape], from Songs of Gitanjali, no. 8, note: this is a placeholder until it can be determined which text was employed for this setting [
text not yet verified ]
by Jan Pieter Hendrik van Gilse (1881 - 1944)
, "Der Schlaf, der auf Kindes Auge ruht", 1915 [soprano and instrumental ensemble], from Drei Gesänge aus Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali, no. 1.
by Johann Móry
, "Der Schlaf, der auf Kinderaugen ruht", op. 12 no. 14 [voice and piano], from Tagore-Album, no. 14.
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