Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1841

Comments

Ballad written by Catherine H. Waterman. The music composed & respectfully dedicated to his friend William W. Smith, Esq. of Philadelphia by William R. Dempster.

Price 50 cts. nett. Thayer & Co.'s Lith. Boston.

Philadelphia, John F. Nunns, 184 Chestnut St.

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Lyrics

My cheek is unco pale, Mither,
My heart is unco chill;
For sorrow wi' its icy breath
Checks ilka happy thrill:
And tho' in grief and wae Mither,
His name I ever bless
For tho' he's broken plight and vow
I canna lo'e him less,
For tho' he's broken plight and vow
I canna lo'e him less.

The trysting tree is green, Mither,
Where we sae aften met,
It should hae wither'd lang ago
When he could first forget
The bonny dell is bright, Mither
Wi' summer's gaudy dress;
While ilka blossom speaks o' him
I canna lo'e him less,
While ilka blossom speaks o' him
I canna lo'e him less.

The ha'thorn scents the breeze, Mither,
Along the riverside,
And far across the waters bright
I see his swift boat glide
But it comes not now to me, Mither
His whisper and caress
Is gien unto anither,
Yet I canna lo'e him less,
Is gien unto anither,
Yet I canna lo'e him less.

Then tell him when I die, Mither,
That wi' my latest breath,
I prayed for the fause cruel heart,
That gave my ain to death:
Tell him the lips then cold, Mither,
Ne'er murmured but to bless;
And tho' he's wrought me wae and ill,
I canna lo'e him less,
And tho' he's wrought me wae and ill,
I canna lo'e him less.

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