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Boston: Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington St.
Philada. C.W.A. Trumpler Cinn. John Church, Jr. New York. C.H. Ditson & Co. Boston. J.C. Haynes & Co. Chicago. Lyon & Healy.

Composed by H. Millard, Author of "Viva l'America," Why does my heart still sigh," etc.

[The Echo of the Whip-poor-will may be repeated by another voice at a distance , or in another room, with very fine effect.]

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1. Oh, meet me when daylight is fading,
And is darkening into the night;
When songbirds are singing their vespers,
And the day has vanished from sight;
And then I will tell to you darling,
All the love I have cherished so long,
If you will but meet me at evening,
when you hear the first whip-poor-will's song .....

Whip-poor-will! Whip-poor-will!
You hear the first whip-poor-will's song;
Oh, meet me; oh, meet me
When you hear the first whip-poor-will's song .....

2. 'Tis said that whatever sweet feelings
May be throbbing within a fond heart,
When list'ning to whip-poor-will's singing,
For a twelve-month will never depart;
So then we will meet in the woodland,
Far away from the hurrying throng,
And whisper our love to each other,
When we hear the first whip-poor-will's song.
Whip-poor-will, &c.

3. And in the long years of the future,
Though our duties may part us awhile,
And on the return of this evening,
We be severed by many a mile;
Yet deep in our bosoms we'll cherish
The affection, so fervent and strong,
We pledged to each other this evening,
When we hear the first whip-poor-will's song.
Whip-poor-will, &c,


The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.