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Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co.; Words and music by Fred. Wilson, Arranged by J.L. Gilbert

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1. Oh! mother dear I sigh in vain,

To live my childhood o'er again ...

And see thy clear, love beaming eye ...

Outshine the stars up in the sky,

Oh mother dear bright sunny rays,

That give such joy and heav'nly bliss,

As by thy knee I used to pray,

Or climb'd to steal affection's kiss.

CHORUS: Oh mother dear I sigh in vain

To live my childhood o'er again,

And see thy clear love beaming eye,

Outshine the stars up in the sky.

Oh! mother dear, Oh! my mother dear.

2. Oh! mother dear, those early scenes,

The flow'ry fields, and meadows green,

As thoughts come back I heave a sigh,

And wish for happy days gone by;

Long since I left my native shore,

But now my heart beats just as then,

Tho' miles of sea between us roar,

Dear mother I'll come again.

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