When I was a kid, my mother used to sing me the following lullaby:

There's a hole in the fence where the rabbits creep through
and deep in the orchard they sup on the dew,
and when it comes to the end of the day,
as silent as moonbeams,
as silent as moonbeams!
They scurry, away!

I wanted to know more about this song, but I've never found this song on Google or Youtube.

I'm curious if it is a well-known folk song that has simply been forgotten, or if it's an original unpublished piece?

My mother said she got it from one of my deceased grandmothers. One of my grandmothers was from Edinburgh, and the other lived in Victoria, BC. My family is of Scottish, Irish, and English descent.


The text is a slight variation of a poem by Dorothy Dickinson and found in the 1932 book "The Golden Flute (An Anthology of Poetry for Young Children)" (p.45). According to that source the poem was originally published in "Wonder Book" from the music publishers Boosey & Co.

  • Definitely seems like this could've been it. Thanks so much! – stephen Sep 21 '20 at 21:18

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