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The Veteran

A Ballad

The Poetry by Thomas Haynes Bayly Esqr.

The Music by Joseph Philip Knight.

Boston, Published by Parker & Ditson, 135 Washington Street.

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It was a sabbath morn,
The bell had chimed for church,
And the young and gay were gathering
Around the rustic porch.
There came and aged man,
In a solider's garb was he;
And gazing round the group,he cried, "Do none remember me?"

The Veteran forgot
His friends were changed or gone;
The many forms around his there
As children he had known:
He pointed to the spot
Where his dwelling used to be;
Then told his name, and smiling said, "You now remember me."

A las! none knew him there,
He pointed to a stone
On which the name he breath'd was traced,
A name to them unknown.
And then the old man wept, "I am friendless now" cried he,
"Where I had many friends in youth Not one remembers me!"



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