“The Lost Babe”


A child wanders away from its mother (or is sent to take its father his dinner) and is lost. Men of the community (or Egypt and foreign lands) search; the child is dead, and buzzards are picking out its eyes. The mother cries, "Lord, have mercy"

Cross references


  1. SharpAp 129, "The Lost Babe" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. Roud #3636
  3. BI, ShAp2129


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection)
Found in: US(Ap,SE)