Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1889

Comments

Let the Dead and the Beautiful Rest
Music by S. Wesley Martin
Words by C.C. Butler

New York: Published by J.L. Peters (200 Broadway)

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Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Let the dead and the beautiful rest,
Make her grave 'neath the willow by the stream,
Where the wind harps will whisper o'er the blest,
Like the song of some angel in our dream.
Oh, so young and fair,
With her bright golden hair.
Let her sleep, let her sleep
Let her sleep 'neath the willow by the stream,
Let her sleep,
Let her sleep 'neath the willow by the stream.

[Verse 2]
Let the dead and the beautiful rest,
Make her grave 'neath the willow by the stream,
Where the wind harps will whisper o'er the blest,
Like the song of some angel in our dream.
Oh, so young and fair,
With her bright golden hair.
Let her sleep, let her sleep
Let her sleep 'neath the willow by the stream,
Let her sleep,
Let her sleep 'neath the willow by the stream.
Let the dead and the beautiful rest,
For the spring time is coming with its flow'rs,
When the wild rose will blossom o'er her breast,
As the song birds will while away the hours.

[Verse 3]
Let the dead and the beautiful rest,
Make her grave 'neath the willow by the stream,
Where the wind harps will whisper o'er the blest,
Like the song of some angel in our dream.
Oh, so young and fair,
With her bright golden hair.
Let her sleep, let her sleep
Let her sleep 'neath the willow by the stream,
Let her sleep,
Let her sleep 'neath the willow by the stream.
Let the dead and the beautiful rest,
Where the long drooping willow branches wave,
While the moon, slowly sinking in the west,
Leaves the stars keeping vigils o'er her grave.

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