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Audio: Bette Midler Sings “Sweet And Low” From The Album, Carnival!


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Sweet and Low” is a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Written in 1849, Tennyson sent two versions of the poem to Emily Sellwood in November, asking her to select which one to include in the revised 1850 edition of The Princess, where it intercalates canto II and III.

Charles Kingsley in a review in Fraser’s Magazine (September 1850) found the poem so exquisite that he quoted it in full, and it became, as did the other five “songs” inserted in 1850 edition of The Princess, a poem widely translated in Europe.


Bette Midler: Sweet And Low Lyrics

Sweet And Low
This song is by Bette Midler.

Sweet and low, sweet and low,
Wind of the western sea.
Low, low, breathe and blow,
Wind of the western sea.
Over the rolling waters go.
Come from the dying moon and blow.
Blow him again to me
While my little one,
While my pretty one sleeps.

Sleep and rest, sleep and rest;
Father will come to thee soon.
Rest, rest on mother's breast;
Father will come to thee soon.
Father will come to his babe in the nest.
Silver sails all out of the west
Under the silver moon.
Sleep, my little one,
Sleep, my pretty one,
Sleep, my little one, sleep.
Bette Midler sings Sweet And Low from the album, Carnival!
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