The lyrics of this song are a poem, "Seal Lullaby, " written by Rudyard Kipling as an introduction to "The White Seal," the seventh story in "The Jungle Book," first published in 1894....
Oh! Hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us
And black are the waters that sparkled so green
The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us
At rest in the hollows that rustle between

Where billow meets billow, then soft be thy pillow
Oh weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee
Asleep in the arms of the slow swinging seas!
Asleep in the arms of the slow swinging seas!

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"The Seal Lullaby" as written by Eric E Whitacre Rudyard Kipling


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    General CommentThis is his most beautiful song, in my opinion. Even though it doesn't have as much of the dissonance he employs in his other songs, its sound is heavenly and the lyrics are magical. I never tire of it. I hope someone does a good recording of it so I can take it around with me instead of constantly having to listen to it off of MySpace. :)
    TorturedXenoon December 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMy high school choir went to MMEA and we sang this as one song in a theme. I was told that Whitacre wrote this for a possible movie as a background track. Doesn't make it any less beautiful. We (my choir) understood it as a "mother" singing to her child. Even though there are so many bad things that happen in life (The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee) it will be ok in the end. We also understood it as "It is ok to act like a kid once and a while. Don't grow up too fast and enjoy yourselves." Amazing song.
    whyyes10on July 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentGeorgeous. I just love poetry put to music. Priceless...
    FatBottomedGurlon October 30, 2011   Link

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