Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1858

Comments

O Bid Me Not Wed Him, Brother Dear
Ballad written by W.D. Gallagher
The music adapted to a beautiful Italian melody and arranged by Alfred Hawthorne

Cincinnati. Published by W.C. Peters & Sons.

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Abstract

O bid me not wed him, brother dear,
For ne'er can my love be give;
My hand to the many that greet me here,
But to the one in heaven.
The sky hath the glory of other days,
And as brightly the stars burn on;
But vainly among them my vision strays,
For the star it seeks is gone.

The earth is still fair, and its many flow'rs
Are lovely, and bright, and sweet;
But I miss the one that in life's young hours
Bloom'd ever at my feet.
The eyes I encounter look on my now,
As tenderly as of old:
Not a shade hat come to a single brow
Not a tone I hear is cold:
Not a shade hath come to a single brow
Not a tome I hear is cold.

But a light is lost in its early day,
And a form hath ceas'd to be,
And the voice hath pass'd from the earth away,
And these were the world to me!
Then bid me not wed him, brother dear,
For ne'er can my love be given;
My hand to the many that greet me here,
But my heart to the one in heaven.
My hand to the many that greet me here,
But my heart to the one in heaven.

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