Birds in their nest

My mum sang this to me as a baby/young child and now I sing the same song to my newborn daughter. I believe I know all the words, but I'd like to know who wrote it and/ or where it comes from. Thanks, Tamsin (I'm in UK)

"Birds in their nest, nest up in a tree
Under mummy's wing, safe as safe can be.
Mummy keeps you warm, daddy brings you food,
Safe in your nest, happy little brood

Mind you do not fall, from your nest so high,
You've no feathers yet, so you cannot fly.
When your feathers grow, on some sunny day,
You will learn to fly, chirrup, chirrup away."

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Oct 03, 2020
Written by A. J. Ellis NEW
by: Anonymous

This is "Sparrows in a nest" written by Alexander John Ellis, a mathematician and philologist and published in a book of nursery rhymes that he wrote for his own children in the 1860s.

My mother sang it to me as a baby (as "birds in their nest", but with other words almost the same). It must have been handed down through several generations from the printed version. I sing it to my son now!

May 21, 2020
Sparrows NEW
by: Karen

Sparrows in a nest , 1 and 2 and 3 .
On their mothers Breast , warm as warm can be,
Mother keeps them warm , father brings them food , troubles the have none , happy little brood

Mind you do not fall , from your nest so high
You’ve no feathers yet , you must learn to fly
When your feathers come , on a sunny day
You will learn to fly , fly , fly away

Oct 28, 2016
Wirral? NEW
by: Anonymous

I was excited to see this. My grandmother used to sing this (with a few words slightly different but both verses) but have never found anyone else who had heard it. She was born in the Wirral in 1887 as was her mother.

Aug 27, 2013
Old lullabies
by: Anonymous

Loved it."Sparrows in their nests" was reputedly a song sung about 70 years ago by my forbearers but we can't find the words. Can anyone help us?

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