Rock Me To Sleep...

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  1. Mini

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    ROCK ME TO SLEEP

    BACKWARD, turn backward, O time, in your flight,
    Make me a child again just for tonight
    Mother, come back from the echoless shore,
    Take me again to your heart as of yore;

    Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care
    Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair;
    Over my slumbers your loving watch keep;
    Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

    Backward, flow backward, oh, tide of the years
    I am so weary of toil and of tears;
    Toil without recompense, tears all in vain--
    Take them, and give me my childhood again!
    I have grown weary of dust and decay--
    Weary of flinging my soul--wealth away,
    Weary of sowing for others to reap;
    Rock me to sleep, Mother rock me to sleep!

    Tired of the hollow, the base, the untrue,
    Mother, O Mother, my heart calls for you!
    Many a summer the grass has grown green,
    Blossomed and faded, our faces between.
    Yet, with strong yearning and passionate pain,
    Long I tonight for your presence again.
    Come from the silence so long and so deep;
    Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

    Over my heart, in the days that are flown,
    No love like mother-love ever has shone;
    No other worship abides and endures-
    Faithful, unselfish, and patient like yours:
    None like a mother can charm away pain
    From the sick soul and the world-weary brain.
    Slumber's soft calms over my heavy lids creep;
    Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

    Come, let your brown hair, just lighted with gold,
    Fall on your shoulders again as of old;
    Let it drop over my forehead tonight,
    Shading my faint eyes away from the light;
    For with it's sunny-edged shadows once more
    Haply will throng the sweet vision of yore;
    Lovingly, softly, it's bright billows sweep:
    Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

    Mother, dear Mother, the years been long
    Since I last listened to your lullaby song.
    Sing, then, and unto my soul it shall seem
    Womanhood's years have been only a dream.

    Clasped to your heart in a loving embrace,
    With your light lashes just sweeping my face,
    Never hereafter to wake or to weep;
    Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

    By......Elizabeth Akers Allen
     
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  3. PrincessBex

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    Beautiful
     
  4. Mini

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    Hi Becky,

    I came across this poem today and was thinking about Irene and the sad loss of her Mum.

    Thinking about my own Mum as well.

    Love Mini xxx
     
  5. Isis

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    It's a beautiful touching poem Mini. I'm sure all our prayers and thoughts are with Irene at this sad time for her and her family.

    Lacey..xxx
     
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