Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1918

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A Tale of the Fireside

Lyrics by J.J. Thornton

Music by James Royce Shannon

Williamsport, Pa: Vandersloot Music Pub. Co. (1918)

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[Verse 1]
When joy and gladness the soul,
No voice have we to speak,
And so when sorrow comes our way,
Its sadness leaves us weak;
A heart then speaks that rules the voice and tears the words do mold
And so this tale of centuries in that language her is told.

[Refrain]
A sob, a sigh, a tear dimm’d eye,
A softly murmured pray’r
A babe at rest on a mother’s breast,
too young as yet to care;
A note that came from “over there”, tells how their hero died;
A tale that’s old too often told,
A tale of the fireside.

[Verse 2]
A kindly word of sympathy may soothe the pain a while,
And pride in him whose loss they feel,
May cause a tender smile;
But when the glow from the hearth lights up the faces there,
No pow’r on earth can stem their tears or can fill that vacant chair.

[Refrain]

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