A 'Cradle Song' or lullaby is a song by which children are made to fall asleep. In the present poem, the mother perhaps is reciting the lullaby. She describes the various places from which she has gathered the song that is descending gradually upon the eyelids of her child.
From the gardens of spice,which is filled with a strong and pleasant aroma of natural spicy herbs, the baby's mother starts gathering the most beautiful words to fill in the lyrics of the song for the lullaby. Her imagination leaves the spicy gardens and flies over the dark green fields of rice and paddy. From the rice fields across the fresh streams where plenty of lotus grows, glowing and glistening with dew she weaves and brings a lovely dream of fantasy for her baby.
She tells her baby to shut its eyes and see the wild fire-flies; or glow-worms- insects whose tails emit a greenish light at night; in its imagination. Imagine that these flies are dancing their flights around the fairy neem-a sacred Indian tree. The mother had stolen a 'lovely dream' from the poppy bole; the stem of the poppy plant which has a sleep producing effect upon the eyes. The idea is that the dream brought by the mother for her child is pleasant and is sure to induce sleep on the eyes of all children.
Finally the baby goes into a deep and sound sleep. The mother bids her child 'good-night'. In the golden light of the late evening produced by the clear starry skies, the stars from heaven look down upon the baby in its cradle. The mother place lovingly on her baby with soft affection ' A little lovely dream'.