A Lullaby

By Janet Loxley Lewis 1899–1998

Lullee, lullay,
I could not love thee more
If thou wast Christ the King.
Now tell me, how did Mary know
That in her womb should sleep and grow
The Lord of everything?

Lullee, lullay,
An angel stood with her
Who said: “That which doth stir
Like summer in thy side
Shall save the world from sin.
Then stable, hall, and inn
Shall cherish Christmas-tide.”

Lullee, lullay,
And so it was that Day.
And did she love Him more
Because an angel came
To prophesy His name?
Ah no, not so,
She could not love Him more,
But loved Him just the same.
Lullee, lullay.


Originally appeared in the December 1938 issue of Poetry magazine.

“A Lullaby” by Janet Lewis is reprinted by permission of Ohio University Press.

Source: Poetry (February 2012).

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This poem originally appeared in the February 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

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"Being a writer has meant nearly everything to me beyond my marriage and children," says Janet Lewis in Women Writers of the West Coast: Speaking of Their Lives and Careers. Lewis, whose father and husband both taught college-level English, credits her father "with being the first to teach her the rudiments of good prose and poetic style," according to Donald E. Stanford in the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook. "[Her] . . .

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