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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Lullaby of the Iroquois
By Emily Pauline Johnson (1861–1913)
 
LITTLE brown baby-bird, lapped in your nest,
    Wrapped in your nest,
    Strapped in your nest,
Your straight little cradle-board rocks you to rest;
    Its hands are your nest,        5
    Its bands are your nest;
It swings from the down-bending branch of the oak;
You watch the camp flame, arid the curling grey smoke;
But, oh, for your pretty black eyes sleep is best,—
Little brown baby of mine, go to rest.        10
 
Little brown baby-bird swinging to sleep,
    Winging to sleep,
    Singing to sleep,
Your wonder-black eyes that so wide open keep,
    Shielding their sleep,        15
    Unyielding to sleep,
The heron is homing, the plover is still,
The night-owl calls from his haunt on the hill,
Afar the fox barks, afar the stars peep,—
Little brown baby of mine, go to sleep.        20
 
 
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