Littell's Living Age/Volume 128/Issue 1653/Shepherd's Song

For works with similar titles, see The Shepherd's Song.

SHEPHERD'S SONG

Follow, follow, little sheep,
O'er the dreary wold;
Follow, soon ye all shall sleep,
Safe from wet and cold.

Linger not, oh! lagging feet!
Night will soon be here;
Weary shepherd fain would greet
Wife and children dear.

In his cot the fire burns bright,
Supper's ready laid;
Baby waits to say good-night,
Ere he goes to bed.

Little ones run in and out,
Watch beside the gate;
"What can father be about,
That he's home so late?"

Mother makes the ashes blaze,
Baby smiles to see;
Tells them how some wanderer strays
From the flock and me.

Whilst the children warmly sleep,
On the dreary wold,
Father stays till all his sheep
Are safely in the fold.

Linger not, oh! lagging feet!
Darksome night is near;
Weary shepherd fain would greet
Wife and children dear.

M. Betham-Edwards
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