SSA, TBB, SAB (t) with Piano
Text: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Duration: 3.5 min
Publisher: Santa Barbara Music Publishing

An enchanting piece, the Paul Laurence Dunbar text paints a beautiful picture of an atmosphere conducive to bringing on a pleasant night’s sleep, while the music is imaginative enough to make the audience want to stay awake.

The lark is silent in his nest,
The breeze is sighing in its flight,
Sleep, Love, and peaceful be thy rest.
Good–night, my love, good–night, good–night.

Sweet dreams attend thee in thy sleep,
To soothe thy rest till morning’s light,
And angels round thee vigil keep.
Good–night, my love, good–night, good–night.

Sleep well, my love, on night’s dark breast,
And ease thy soul with slumber bright;
Be joy but thine and I am blest.
Good–night, my love, good–night, good–night.

SAB version featured on the Phoenix Chamber Choir’s CD: Mid Winter Songs




Themes: gentle, lullaby, love, sleeping, peace, calm, tranquil, secular, three part, restful



About Composer

Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed across North America and Asia. His music has also been broadcast on national television and radio. Matthew was the 2013 ACDA Raymond Brock Student Composition Competition winner. Emery's choral works have been performed by renowned vocal ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elmer Isler Singers, Pro Coro Canada, Canadian Chamber Choir, Da Capo Chamber Choir, choirs at the University of Louisville, University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, Ontario Youth Choir and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Matthew studied with Dr. Stephen Chatman at the University of British Columbia and is published by: Alliance Music Publications, GIA Publications, G. Schirmer, Pavane Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Matthew is a member of the Canadian League of Composers.

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