Authors

Oliver Shaw

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1859

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The Bird Let Loose
Oliver Shaw

One of sixty-eight pieces bound in “The Shower of Pearls : A collection of the most beautiful duets, for two sopranos, soprano and alto, soprano and tenor, soprano and bass, and tenor and bass, arranged with an accompaniment for the piano-forte.”

Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington Street

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Abstract

The Bird let loose in Eastern skies,
When hast'ning, hast'ning fondly home,
Ne'er stoops to earth her wing, nor flies
Where idle warblers roam, Where idle warblers roam.
But high She shoots thro' air and light
Above all low delay, Nor shadow dims her way,
nothing earthly bounds her flight,
Nor shadow dims her way,
Nor shadow dims her way, dims her way.

So grant me, God, from ev'ry care,
And stain, and stain of passion free,
Aloft, through Virtue's purer air,
To hold my course to thee!
To hold my course to thee!
No sin to cloud, no lure to stay
My souls as home she springs:
Thy sunshine oh her joyful way,
Thy home she springs: Thy sunshine on her joyful way,
Thy freedom in her wings,
Thy freedom in her wings, in her wings.

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