Historic Sheet Music Collection

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Philadelphia: Lee & Walker (1857)

188 Chesnut ST.

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[Verse 1]
Oh! Sing me songs of home
But let them plaintive be;
For now afar I roam
I’m ne’er from sadness free
Sing me of mountains high,
And of the sil’vry streams:
Where oft’neath chldhood’s sky
I’ve chased the glad sunbeams.
A wake the blissful past
And light life’s clouded sky
And while you sing ‘mid visions lost,
I’ll homeward, homeward fly,
I’ll homeward, homeward fly

[Verse 2]
Oh! Sing me songs of home
Yet with a zephyr’s breath
Song soft of hearts now gone
And bright eyes closed in death
Strike, strike the lute’s sad string for one so dear to me,
That seraph’s jewelled wing
Could not more cherished be
Oh sing of her and I will tread
My boyhood paths anew
And with her shadow from the dead,
Live all that boyhood through,
Live all that boyhood through

[Verse 3]
Oh sing me songs of home
And ere your strain be done,
Bright voices on the breeze
Shall bid me homeward come
Again shall glow a mother’s eye a sister’s lip I’ll press,
And all that manhood’s heart can prize,
The wanderer will bless
But though o’er oceans borne
They come my heart to cheer
Oh sing me songs of home
And home will soon be near,
And home will soon be near


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