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o time in your flight
Posted by: mistymiks (---.bing.east.verizon.net)
Date: February 03, 2004 07:40PM

O Time in your flight, make me a child again just for one night. If anyone could help I'm appreciate it, Thank You

Re: another poem I need the title to
Posted by: Henry (213.78.109.---)
Date: February 03, 2004 08:15PM

From Mother:
Rock Me to Sleep, Mother
(words by Elizabeth Akers Allen & music by Cathie Ryan)

Backward, turn backward, O 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 like before
Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care
Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair
Over my shoulder your loving watch keep, ---
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep

Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years!
I am so weary of toil and of tears --
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain,
Take them and give me my childhood again;
I have grown weary of dust and decay,
Weary of flinging my soul wealth away,
Weary of sowing for others to reap, ---
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep

Mother, oh mother, my heart calls for you
Tired of the hollow, the base, the untrue
Many a summer the grass has grown green
Blossomed and faded, our faces between

Backward, oh backward, Time in your flight
Make me a child again, just for tonight.
Come from the silence so long and so deep,
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep

1998. Wake the Neighbors Music, ASCAP

"When my mother returned from Ireland after burying her mother it was clear that there was nothing I could give to ease her pain. My mother was not a woman who cried easily, but on more than one occasion after that time, I remember her sitting in the living room, in the dark, crying. Witnessing the depth of her loss was a powerful lesson to me as a daughter.

I found the lyrics to this old song in Tillie Olsen.'s moving collection, Mother to Daughter, Daughter to Mother , (I recommend it highly.) She writes that the lyrics for this song were written in 1860 and were "sung, recited over and over, the last decades of the last century." Unable to find the original melody I wrote a new one."

Cathie Ryan rose to prominence as the singer with Cherish the Ladies, a group of American girls playing Irish music. She is now a singer in her own right.

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