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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
A Boston Lullaby
By James Jeffrey Roche (1847–1908)
 
BABY’S brain is tired of thinking
  On the Wherefore and the Whence;
Baby’s precious eyes are blinking
  With incipient somnolence.
 
Little hands are weary turning        5
  Heavy leaves of lexicon;
Little nose is fretted learning
  How to keep its glasses on.
 
Baby knows the laws of nature
  Are beneficent and wise;        10
His medulla oblongata
  Bids my darling close his eyes,
 
And his pneumogastrics tell him
  Quietude is always best
When his little cerebellum        15
  Needs recuperative rest.
 
Baby must have relaxation,
  Let the world go wrong or right.
Sleep, my darling, leave Creation
  To its chances for the night.        20
 
 
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