Mum's lullaby

Reply Tue 26 Apr, 2011 04:40 am
My Mum sang a lullaby to me, which I have sung to my children and now to my grandson -- I cannot find any trace of where this might come from, and wonder if anyone else has heard it? The words are:

The man in the moon is a shepherd dear,
And all the bright stars are his sheep.
He watches and guards with a tender care
When you little ones are asleep.
I’m sure he has counted them all my dear,
For he is a shepherd true,
And if we but try, perhaps you and I
Can count them and name them all too

Bye-low, we’ll count as we go,
Each little twinkling star.
First one for you, then for me my dear -
What a fine lot there are!
Bye-low, we’ll name as we go,
Each little starry sheep.
Rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye, rock as we go
Into the Land of Sleep.
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Reply Tue 26 Apr, 2011 02:34 pm
That's a tough one. I haven't been able to find anything at all similar.

Any idea what era this may be from and what part of the world/country?
Reply Tue 26 Apr, 2011 03:51 pm

This has some potential, I don't know how it sounds when sung so I could be really wrong but this is a called "into the land of sleep" but it is in another language
Reply Sat 9 Jul, 2011 09:22 am
This is a lovely song - and beautifully sung - but the tune is nothing at all like the one that I posted the original question about.....
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Reply Sat 9 Jul, 2011 09:30 am
Given that my Mum was born in 1915, and learned the song from her Mother, I think that it must date from at least the late 19th century. All my family were born and brought up in the Black Country of England (but one of my great-grandmothers was Lowland Scots).
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