1. Oh I long to lie dear Mother,
On the cool and fragrant grass,
With the calm blue sky above my head;
And the shadowy clouds that pass.
And I want the bright bright sunshine
All round about my bed,
I'll close my eyes and God will think
your little boy is dead.
2. Then Christ will send an angel
To take me up to Him;
He will bear me slow and steadily
Far through the ether dim,
He will gently gently lay me
Close by the Saviour's side;
And when I'm sure that I'm in Heav'n
My eyes I'll open wide.
3. And I'll look among the angels
Who stand around the throne,
Till I find my sister Mary,
For I know she must be one;
And when I find her, mother,
We will go away alone,
I will tell her how we've mourn'd for her
All the while that she's been gone.
4. Oh! I shall be delighted,
To hear her speak again,
Though I know she'll not return to us,
To ask her would be vain;
So I'll put my arms around her,
And look into her eyes,
And remember all I say to her,
And all her sweet replies.
5. And then I'll ask the angel,
To take me back to you;
He will bear me slow and steadily,
Down through the ether blue,
And you'll only think dear mother,
That I've been out to play,
And have gone to sleep beneath the tree
This sultry summer day.
Munson, H D., "The Child's Wish" (1851). Historic Sheet Music Collection. Paper 29.
The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.