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Video: Martha Redbone sings ‘Sleep Sleep Beauty Bright’ by William Blake

In an enchanting lyrical rendition of William Blake’s poem “Sleep Sleep Beauty Bright,” singer Martha Redbone blends rhythm, blues and soul with traditional Native American music.

Martha Redbone’s music combines the blues of her childhood in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky with the eclectic grit of her teens in Brooklyn.

Running time: 3 minutes

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Sleep, Sleep, Beauty, Bright

by William Blake

Sleep, sleep, beauty bright,
Dreaming o'er 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 does rest.

O! the cunning wiles that creep 
In thy little heart asleep. 
When thy little heart does wake 
Then the dreadful lightnings break, 

From thy cheek and from thy eye, 
O'er the youthful harvests nigh. 
Infant wiles and infant smiles 
Heaven and Earth of peace beguiles.
Martha Redbone

2 comments on “Video: Martha Redbone sings ‘Sleep Sleep Beauty Bright’ by William Blake

  1. Barbara Huntington
    October 30, 2021

    Thank you. What a beautiful way to start the day.

    Liked by 2 people

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