Hush-a-by Baby

Original Text: 
Mother Goose's Melody: A facsimile reproduction of the earliest known edition, ed. W. F. Prideaux (London: A. H. Bullein, 1904): 39. DeLury Collection F, Fisher Rare Book Library. The original is Mother Goose's Melody: or, Sonnets for the Cradle (London: Francis Power, 1791).
2On the tree top,
3When the wind blows
4The cradle will rock;
5When the bough breaks
6The cradle will fall,
7Down tumbles baby,
8Cradle, and all.


1] "The best-known lullaby both in England and America, it is regularly crooned in hundreds of thousands of homes at nightfall. "See The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, ed. Iona and Peter Opie (1951; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966), no. 22, p. 61. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.