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Henry Russell

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We Have Been Friends Together
A Ballad
The words by the Hon. Mrs. Norton
The music composed and respectfully dedicated to Mrs. C.E. Habicht
by Henry Russell

Boston. Published by C. Bradlee 107 Washington Street

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We have been friends together,
In sunshine and in shade,
Since first beneath the chestnut tree
In infancy we play'd.
But coldness dwells within thy heart,
A cloud is on thy brow;
We have been friends together,
Can a light word part us now?

We have been gay together,
We laugh'd at little jests,
For the fount of hope was gushing
Warm and joyous in our breasts;
But laughter now hath fled thy lip,
And sullen glooms thy brow,
We have been gay together
Shall a light word part us now?

We have been sad together
We have wept with bitter tears
O'er the grass grown graves where slumber'd
The hopes of early years:
The voices which are silent there
Would bid thee clear thy brow;
We have been sad together
Oh! what shall part us now?


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