Jon simply says, “Also from the first Waterson:Carthy album, if you don’t have it, buy it!” There was me thinking this was a bit hymnal and then I read the Waterson:Carthy sleeve notes that confirmed it. You can do the same courtesy of Reinhard’s Mainly Norfolk, where he also offers the following gem, “A website (no longer online) for an earlier version called The Christian’s Good Night commented: Words: Sarah Doudney, Psalms Of Life (published by Houlston), 1871. Music: Ira David Sankey. Doudney wrote the lyrics on the occasion of a friend’s death. Sankey saw them while in Bristol, England, and wrote music for them shortly thereafter. The song was sung at the funeral of preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon.” And there, Me-Lud I rest my case. As for Jon’s suggestion, you know I’m going to agree with him.
Sleep on Beloved