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The Child's First Grief
The poetry by Mrs. Hermans
The music by her sister

Boston. Published by C. Bradlee 107 Washington St.

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[First Voice]

O! Call my brother back to me
I can not play alone
The summer comes with flow'r and bee
Where is my brother gone
Oh! Where is my brother gone?
The butterfly is glancing bright
Across the sun beam's track
I care not now to chase it's flight
Oh! Call my brother back
Oh call my brother oh call my brother

[Second Voice]
He would not hear my voice, fair Child
He may not come to thee
The face that once like springtime smiled
On earth no more shal't see
A roses brief bright life of joy
Such unto him was given
Go! Thou must play alone, my boy
Thy brother is in Heaven

And has he left his birds and flowers?
And must I call in vain?
And through the long, long summer hours
Will he not come again?
And by the brook and in the glade
Are all our wand'rings o'er?
Oh! While my brother with me played
Would I had loved him more!
Would I have loved him more!


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