Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1844

Comments

‘Tis Sad to Think Upon The Joyous Days of Old

or Bye Gone Hours

Words by the Hon. Mrs. Norton

Arranged for the Spanish Guitar by Francis Weiland.

Philadelphia: George Willing (1844)

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Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
‘Tis sad ‘tis sad to think upon
The joyous days of old
When ev’ry year that wearies on,
Is number’d by some friendship gone!
Some kindly heart grown cold!
Could those days but come again!
With their thorns and flow’rs!
I would give the hopes of years
For those bygone hours.

[Verse 2]
‘Tis sad ‘tis sad to number o’er,
The faces glad and gay,
Which we have lov’d! some smile no more,
Around us as they did of yore!
And some have turn’d away!
Could those days but come again!
With their thorns and flow’rs!
I would give the hopes of years
For those bygone hours.

[Verse 3]
‘Tis sad ‘tis sad to come again,
With changed heart and brow,
To our youth’s home where none remain,
Of those who made it blessed then
Who leave it lonely now!
Could those days but come again!
With their thorns and flow’rs!
I would give the hopes of years
For those bygone hours.

[Verse 4]
Oh little things bring back to me
The thoughts of bygone hours.
The breath of kine upon the lea
The murmur of the mountain bee,
The scent of hawthorn flow’rs!
Could those days but come again!
With their thorns and flow’rs!
I would give the hopes of years
For those bygone hours.

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