I remember the master, before he fell into a doze, stroking her bonny hair - it pleased him rarely to see her gentle - and saying, 'Why canst thou not always be a good lass, Cathy?' And she turned her face up to his, and laughed, and answered, 'Why cannot you always be a good man, father?' But as soon as she saw him vexed again, she kissed his hand, and said she would sing him to sleep
. She began singing very low, till his fingers dropped from hers, and his head sank on his breast.
How often did I sing him to sleep
when I was half dead with hunger!
Born of a Venetian chef given to belting out Mario Lanza standards and a Welsh mother who'd sing him to sleep
with country and western songs, music was in Balsamo's blood from an early age.
BETHAN HARRIS Baby: Thomas Born: April 17 Bethan, whose son Thomas weighed 8lb 3.5oz, has been practising her audition for Little Shop of Horrors to sing him to sleep
After performing on US telly yesterday, she said: "I'll go and tuck my son Max in at night and sing him to sleep
with a lullaby, then I go in the studio and sing.
I was only young when we had him but I would sit in his basket and sing him to sleep
"I used to take him to bed and sing him to sleep
with his favourite hymn, "Do Not Forsake Me," said Mr Gardiner, fighting back tears.
From his earliest memories of his Italian dad, a chef from Venice, belting out Mario Lanza standards, to the country songs his Welsh mum would sing him to sleep
with, music has been in Steve's blood.
PS: We know Romeo Beckham was crying at England v France but that doesn't count as a) he's not even two yet, b) his dad had just missed a penalty and c) his mum had promised to sing him to sleep
when they got home.