Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1840

Comments

Written by Charles Jeffries. Composed by Charles W. Clover.

Boston Published by Oliver Ditson 135 Washington St.

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Abstract

The melodies of many lands
Erewhile have charm'd my ear,
Yet there's butone among them all
Which my heart holds dear:
I heard it first from lips I lov'd,
My tears it then beguil'd
It was the song my mother sang,
When I was but a child.
It was the song my mother sang,
When I was but a child.

Its words, I well remember now,
Were fraught with precepts old;
And ev'ry line a maxim held
Of far more worth than gold:
A lesson 'twas, tho' simply taught,
That cannot pass away.
It is my quiding star by night,
My comfort in the day.
It is my guiding star by night,
My comfort in the day.

It told me in the hour of need,
To seek a solace there
Where only stricken hearts could find,
Meet answer to their prayer.
Ah! Much I owe that gentle voice,
Whose words my tears beguil'd;
That song of songs my mother sang,
When I was but a child.
That song of songs my mother sang,
When I was but a child.

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