Esther Beresford-Muravyeva is new to Cypress. Her composition of a poem by Blake features a soprano solo lullaby with choral background. With beautiful undulating vocal lines, the plaintive melody passes between voices. Moderately difficult but worth the effort.

Sweet dreams, form a shade
O’er my lovely infant’s head!
Sweet dreams of pleasant streams
By happy, silent, moony beams!

Sweet Sleep, with soft down
Weave thy brows an infant crown
Sweet Sleep, angel mild,
Hover o’er my happy child!

Sleep, sleep, happy child!
All creation slept and smiled.
Sleep, sleep, happy sleep,
While o’er thee doth mother weep.

Sweet babe, in thy face
Holy image can I trace;
Sweet babe, once like thee
Thy Maker lay, and wept for me:

Wept for me, for thee,
for all who became an infant small,
Thou his image ever see,
heavenly face that smiles on thee.

Smiles on thee, on me, on all,
who became an infant small,
infant smiles are his own smiles,
heaven and earth to peace beguiles.

Sweet dreams

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