All Through the Night

TITLE: All Through the Night
AUTHOR: music: unknown, lyrics: John Ceiriog Hughes
CATEGORY: unknown, public domain
KEYWORDS: lullaby death love
EARLIEST DATE: 1784 (tune: Edward Jones, “Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards”)

William-Adolphe_Bouguereau_(1825-1905)_-_Lullaby_(1875)“Ar Hyd y Nos” (“All through the Night”) is a Welsh folksong sung to a tune which was first noted in Edward Jones’ Musical and Poetical Relics of the Welsh Bards (1784). The Welsh lyrics were written by John Ceiriog Hughes, (born Sept. 25, 1832—died April 23, 1887), poet and folk musicologist. 

OTHER TITLES AND VARIATIONS:

  • Ar Hyd Y Nos

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All Through the Night

Sleep my love, and peace attend thee
All through the night;
Guardian angels God will lend thee,
All through the night,
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and vale in slumber steeping,
I my loving vigil keeping,
All through the night.

Angels watching ever round thee,
All through the night,
In thy slumbers close sur round thee,
All through the night,
They should of all fears dis arm thee
No fore bodings should alarm thee,
They will let no peril harm thee,
All through the night.

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books

NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks.sgg

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