Cradle Song

William Blake

 
Sleep, sleep, beauty bright,
Dreaming in the joys of night;
Sleep, sleep; in thy sleep
Little sorrows sit and weep.
Sweet babe, in thy face
Soft desires I can trace,
Secret joys and secret smiles,
Little pretty infant wiles.
As thy softest limbs I feel
Smiles as of the morning steal
O'er thy cheek, and o'er thy breast
Where thy little heart doth rest.
O the cunning wiles that creep
In thy little heart asleep!
When thy little heart doth wake,
Then the dreadful night shall break.
 

Poems by This Author

America, a Prophecy, Plates 3 and 4 by William Blake
The Guardian Prince of Albion burns in his nightly tent
A Divine Image by William Blake
Cruelty has a Human heart
A Poison Tree by William Blake
I was angry with my friend:
Ah! Sunflower by William Blake
Ah! sunflower, weary of time
Auguries of Innocence by William Blake
To see a world in a grain of sand
Eternity by William Blake
He who binds to himself a joy
Holy Thursday by William Blake
Is this a holy thing to see
Infant Joy by William Blake
I have no name
London by William Blake
I wander thro' each charter'd street,
Love's Secret by William Blake
Never seek to tell thy love
Milton [excerpt] by William Blake
And did those feet in ancient time
Proverbs of Hell by William Blake
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy
The Angel that presided 'oer my birth by William Blake
The Angel that presided 'oer my birth
The Chimney-Sweeper by William Blake
When my mother died I was very young,
The Divine Image by William Blake
To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love,
The Fly by William Blake
Little fly
The Lamb by William Blake
Little lamb, who made thee?
The Question answerd by William Blake
What is it men in women do require
The Sick Rose by William Blake
O Rose, thou art sick
The Tyger by William Blake
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
To Autumn by William Blake
O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained


Further Reading

Dreams
Monna Innominata [I dream of you, to wake]
by Christina Rossetti
The Book of a Thousand Eyes [A dream, still clinging like light to the dark, rounding]
by Lyn Hejinian
A Bedtime Story For Mr. Lamb
by Arthur Nevis
A Book Said Dream and I Do
by Barbara Ras
A Dream Within a Dream
by Edgar Allan Poe
Bedside
by William Olsen
Counting
by Douglas Goetsch
Darkness
by George Gordon Byron
Dear Tiara
by Sean Thomas Dougherty
Dream In Which I Meet Myself
by Lynn Emanuel
Dream of the Evil Servant
by Reetika Vazirani
Dream Song 1
by John Berryman
Dream Variations
by Langston Hughes
Dreaming About My Father
by Ed Ochester
Flying
by Sarah Arvio
Grasshopper
by Ron Padgett
He Dreams of Falling
by Ruth Ellen Kocher
His Heart
by Caroline Knox
I am Like a Desert Owl, an Owl Among the Ruins
by Noelle Kocot
I Might Have Dreamed This
by Kirsten Dierking
it was a dream
by Lucille Clifton
Japanese Lullaby
by Eugene Field
Joyride
by Ana Božičević
Kristin's Dream In November
by Bernadette Mayer
Last
by Maxine Scates
Lullaby of an Infant Chief
by Sir Walter Scott
Making the Bed
by Burt Kimmelman
My Bright Aluminum Tumblers
by Michael Ryan
Nocturne
by Wayne Miller
O Little Root of a Dream
by Paul Celan
Our eunuch dreams
by Dylan Thomas
Prologue of the Earthly Paradise
by William Morris
Raven's Last Dream
by Red Hawk
Scarecrow on Fire
by Dean Young
Separation is the necessary condition for light.
by Brian Teare
The Dream of the Just
by Dana Gelinas
The Dreamer
by Djuna Barnes
The Good-Morrow
by John Donne
The House
by Richard Wilbur
The Land of Nod
by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Republic of Dreams
by Michael Palmer
The Sandman
by Margaret Thomson Janvier
The Sleepers
by Walt Whitman
The Song in the Dream
by Saskia Hamilton
The Tower
by W. B. Yeats
Variation on the Word Sleep
by Margaret Atwood
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
by Eugene Field