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The sleep that flits on baby's eyes ‑...

Language: English

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.



Translation(s): GER
J. Carpenter sets stanza 1

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Set in German, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG [text unavailable]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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