Cradle Song

What does little birdie say
In her nest at peep of day?
Let me fly, says little birdie,
Mother, let me fly away.
Birdie, rest a little longer,
Till thy little wings are stronger.
So she rests a little longer,
Then she flies away.

What does little baby say,
In her bed at peep of day?
Baby says, like little birdie,
Let me rise and fly away.
Baby, sleep a little longer,
Till thy little limbs are stronger.
If she sleeps a little longer,
Baby too shall fly away.

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Comments (4)

This is beautiful. I just lost my son last week and I wonder if it's ok that I read this at the services planed for him?
Really wonderful! I enjoyed reading it!
Beautiful Poem. Really enjoyed reading it.
lovely :) im so glad i found him on this website! i discovered him through the movie vanity fair with reese witherspoon. she sang a song that is his poem now sleeps the crimson petal and i had to know who wrote it! it's on youtube if anyone wants to hear it :)