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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.
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 [
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