Gartan Mother's Lullaby 

Written by Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil (Joseph Campbell) to a traditional Donegal melody, 
first published in Songs of Ulster in 1904. Recorded on Grapevine

Aoibheall of Carraig Leath, is the queen of the Northern Fairies. 
The Green Man: it is said if you see him in the morning, "no ill follows"; but if at night, terrible misfortune will surely overtake you. 
Siabhra is a fairy of any kind. 
Tearmann, Irish for Termon, a village near Gartan in Donegal. 

Sleep, O babe, for the red-bee hums 
The silent twilight's fall: 
Aibheall from the Grey Rock comes 
To wrap the world in thrall. 
My baby O, my child, my joy, 
My love and heart's-desire, 
The crickets sing you lullaby 
Beside the dying fire. 

Dusk is drawn, and the Green Man's Thorn 
Is wreathed in rings of fog: 
Siabhra sails his boat till morn 
Upon the Starry Bog. 
My baby O, the paley moon 
Hath brimmed her cusp in dew, 
And weeps to hear the sad sleep-tune 
I sing, O love, to you. 

Faintly sweet doth the chapel bell 
Ring o'er the valley dim: 
Tearmann's peasant voices swell 
In fragrant evening hymn. 
My baby O, the low bell rings 
My little lamb to rest 
And angel-dreams, till morning sings 
Its music in your breast.