O Sleep

This poem appears only once, in Skipsey's last published volume, Songs and Lyrics (1892) where it is the second poem in the collection, after Willy to Jinny.
O sleep, my little baby; thou
Wilt wake thy father with thy cries;
And he into the pit must go,
Before the sun begins to rise.


He'll toil for thee the whole day long,
And when his weary work is o'er,
He'll whistle thee a merry song,
And drive the demons from your door.
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