Many sources on the internet and in print say this is likely to be the oldest lullaby. It's from ancient Rome. We believe the Sumerian "Lullaby For a Son of Šulgi" is truly the oldest known cradle song.

Notes

*Meaning "breastfeed"

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Comments

No one is sure if the lyrics above make up the whole lullaby. They may be just the first two lines.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

This lullaby was found in a scholium (early commentary) on Persius.