Poetry Corner: Cradle Song

On this day  in 1979 saw the birth of Scotland’s first test-tube baby. Grace Montgomery from Glasgow gave birth to Alastair, the country’s first ‘test tube’ baby. The embryo was created by Mr.Patrick Steptoe, the gynaecologist who was also responsible for the birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first ‘test tube’ baby, who was born on 25 July 1978 in England. ScotClans 

Cradle Song By William Blake

SLEEP sleep beauty bright
Dreaming in the joys of night;
Sleep sleep; in thy sleep
Little sorrows sit and weep.

Sweet babe in thy face
Soft desires I can trace
Secret joys and secret smiles
Little pretty infant wiles.

As thy softest limbs I feel
Smiles as of the morning steal
O’er thy cheek and o’er thy breast
Where thy little heart doth rest.

O the cunning wiles that creep
In thy little heart asleep!
When thy little heart doth wake
Then the dreadful night shall break.

William Blake

William Blake by Thomas Phillips [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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