A Cradle Song (Colum)

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A Cradle Song (Colum)  (1907) 
by Padraic Colum
Published in Wild Earth, 1907.[1] Line 2 is sometimes given as "Come gently within." Lines 5-6 are sometimes given as "Where Mary will fold him With mantle of blue!"[2]. Similar titles: A Cradle Song


O, men from the fields!
Come softly within.
Tread softly, softly,
O! men, coming in.

Mavourneen is going
From me and from you,
To Mary, the Mother,
Whose mantle is blue!

From reek of the smoke
And cold of the floor,
And peering of things
Across the half-door.

O men from the fields!
Soft, softly come thro'.
Mary puts round him
Her mantle of blue.

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