When my dear May I brought home as my wife,
Joy seemed to fill all the days of our life;
And when our baby, our Benny, so sweet,
Came upon Earth then our joy was complete,
Oh how we laughed when he first tried to walk,
Boasted to neighbours of how he could talk,
He was our sunshine, our home's little king,
Nightly I'd nurse hime and cheerily sing,

Chorus: Baby, baby, close your pretty eyes;
Angels, angels, watch you from the skies
My darling baby, baby slumbers o'er you creep,
Hush-a-bye, hush-a-bye, baby has gone to sleep!

Baby grew older but baby grew weak,
Roses were fading from his little cheek;
Folks shook their heads and said baby was bad!
Seldom he lisped for his mamma or dad.
Toys were unheeded, no longer he smiled,
Nightly I'd pray for my idol, my child,
'Father in Heaven, oh list to my cry!
He's all we live for, oh don't let him die!'


Last night I dreamt that my baby had died,
And as I slept, like a woman I cried;
He whom I loved so, would ne'ermore awake,
My boy was dead and my poor heart would break.
Then I awoke with a heart-rending scream!
Was my boy dead, was it only a dream?
Straight to the cradle I rushed, I was mad!
No! my boy lived, for he smiled at his dad.


Written and composed by E.W. Rogers - 1893
Performed by Vesta Tilley (1864-1952)
From Music Hall Lyrics Collection
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