Historic Sheet Music Collection

Authors

Louis S.D. Rees

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1854

Comments

What is Home Without a Father?
Words & music by Louis S.D. Rees

Philadelphia. Published by Lee & Walker 722 Chestnut St.

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Lyrics

1st verse:
What is home without a father,
When our daily race is run,
And around the hearth we gather?
'Tis a world without the sun!
Is there real wealth in treasure;
Though its richest gifts we share?
Is there real joy in pleasure,
If his light be wanting
Ah! no: For a home without a father,
When our daily race is run;
And around the hearth we gather,
Is a world without the sun.

2nd verse:
What is home without a father,
In the dark and cloudy day?
Is it home? or is it rather
But the guest house where we stay?
Oh! his kindly voice can cheer us
In afflictions saddest hour;
And to feel that he is near us
Robs distress of half its power.
Ah! yes: But a home without a father,
In the dark and cloudy day:
Is it home? or is it rather,
But the guest house where we stay.

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