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Another Version:

Hush-a-bye baby on the tree top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock;
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.


Here's another version from Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1, written and compiled by Edward William Cole (1st Published in 1879 in Melbourne, Australia):

Hush-a-bye baby, on the tree top,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock;
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall;
Down will come baby, bough, cradle, and all.
Hush-a-bye baby, Daddy is near:
Mammy's a lady, and that's very clear.


Below is a version that I found in A History of Nursery Rhymes (1899) by Percy B. Green...

Hush-a-by, baby, on a green bock (Saxon for bough);
When the wind blows the cradle will rock.



MP3: Allyson Hester


2nd recording by Ruth Golding.


MP3 performed by 17 talented university student musicians who were sisters in the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women at California State University-Stanislaus in 2007. The musical score the recording is based on comes from Our Old Nursery Rhymes (1911) arranged by Alfred Moffat.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Illustration by H. Willebeck Le Mair from "Our Old Nursery Rhymes" (1911), arranged by Alfred Moffat.