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Ay De Mi
Words by George Eliot.
Dedicated to Lady Muriel Talbot.
Originally published by Metzler & Co., in 1874.


In 1874, Cramer & Co., published a set of songs by Sullivan entitled The Young Mother, Three Simple Songs. The first two, this song and Cradle Song (words anonymous) are included here. The latter was re-published by Metzler & Co., in 1876, retitled Little Darling Sleep Again. The third song, The First Departure, (words by Rev. E. Munroe) was also re-published in 1876 by Metzler & Co., with new words by Frederick E. Weatherley, as The Chorister.

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The Mother
(Sir Frank Dicksee)
Dicksee - The Mother

O bird, that used to press,
Thy head against my cheek
With touch that seem'd to speak,
And ask a tender "yes" -
Ay de mi, my bird:
Ay de mi, my bird, my bird -
Ay de mi, my bird.

O tender downy breast,
And warmly beating heart,
That beating seem'd a part
Of me who gave it rest -
Ay de mi, my bird:
Ay de mi, my bird, my bird -
Ay de mi, my bird.



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