"Hush a by Baby (ret.)" © wood engraving (ed. 35) image: 4 x 3 in. $60.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

I'll never forget the first nursery rhyme which disturbed me. I worried about that neglected baby, left up in a tree, who would come crashing to the ground when the branch broke. I couldn't understand why a mother would hang a cradle in a tree, put a baby in it and take the chance of a severe wind breaking the limb and having the baby fall from that height (I had my grandparents' tall cottonwood tree in mind when I visualized that rhyme).

 

HUSH A BY BABY

 Hush a by Baby

On the Tree Top.

When the Wind blows

The Cradle will rock;

When the Bough breaks

The Cradle will fall,

Down tumbles Baby,

Cradle and all.

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