Rock Me To Sleep, Mother
Music by Ernest Leslie
Words by Florence Percy
Published 1860 by J. M. Russell


1.
Backward, turn backward, oh, 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 atch keep;
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep.

[Chorus]
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!

2.
Over my heart, in the days that are flown,
No love like motherlove 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 o'er my heavy lids creep;
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep.