Lullaby & Poppies From Flowerland!

Illustration: Lullaby from Mary Had a Little Lamb Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

“LULLABY”

WIDE awake! wide awake!

Baby’s so wide awake,

What can I bring that will lull her to rest?

Poppies from Flowerland,

Raindrops from Showerland,

Silent slow shadows that creep up the west.

Laughings and cooings – oh, what roguish doings!

Why, this is sleepy-time, Baby, you know.

What can I bring to her,

What can I sing to her,

So that my baby to Dreamland may go?

Lullaby, lullaby, sing a song dull, oh, bye,

Bye, little Baby, now shut up your eyes!

Moon shadowed now’s the land,

Dreams come from Drowsyland,

Droop, dreamy eyelids, and lie sleepy wise.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

4 thoughts on “Lullaby & Poppies From Flowerland!

    1. Dear Claudia,

      My read = “What can I bring that will lull her to rest? – Poppies from Flowerland,” = she wants to give opium in some form to her child to put her to sleep. This mother wants to use those “Poppies from Flowerland” to knock her kid out! For me – this mother’s sweet search for something to put her precious one to sleep has a sinister edge – how will she end up putting her baby to “sleep”?

      Elephant

      1. I had the same thought – this is not a nice mom. And I think it’s an interesting reflection of the times that this is in a children’s book. And that the readers probably found it just a nice little poem? Or not? Who knows? It’s not the kind of thing people would talk about, I guess. Intriguing to think about.

        1. I think it was fine then (even sweet) to give your kid a little nip to put them to sleep (and you might want to take one too at the same time)! It seems dark to us now – but as you say it was a different time. I am very interested in the things that were fine then and how differently we see things now. It gives perspective on our current cherished beliefs – someone in the future will condemn them as “bad” – that’s a point of view I would love to know more about – what terrible old fashioned things are we doing right now!!
          Elephant

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