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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Violin Songs.
I. Going to Sleep
By George MacDonald (1824–1905)
 
LITTLE one, you must not fret
  That I take your clothes away;
Better sleep you so will get,
  And at morning wake more gay—
    Saith the children’s mother.        5
 
You I must unclothe again,
  For you need a better dress;
Too much worn are body and brain;
  You need everlastingness—
    Saith the heavenly father.        10
 
I went down death’s lonely stair;
  Laid my garments in the tomb;
Dressed again one morning fair;
  Hastened up, and hied me home—
    Saith the elder brother.        15
 
Then I will not be afraid
  Any ill can come to me;
When ’tis time to go to bed,
  I will rise and go with Thee—
    Saith the little brother.        20
 
 
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