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Oh! take me back to Switzerland,
A Favorite Tyrolean Ballad
As sung with great effect by Madame Otto
Written & Composed by Hon. Mrs. Norton

Boston. Published by Keith's Music Publishing House 67 &69 Court St.

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By the dark waves of the rolling sea,
Where the white sail'd ships are tossing free,
Came a youthful maiden,
Pale and sorrow laden,
With a mournful voice sang she:
Oh! take me back to Switzerland,
My own, my dear, my native land,
I'll brave all dander of the main,
To see my own dear land again. La la la...

I see its hills, I see its streams,
Its blue lakes haunt my restless dreams;
When the day delclineth,
Or the bright sun shineth,
Present still its beauty seems.
Oh! take me back to Switzerland,
Upon the mountains let me stand,
Where the flowers are bright and skies are clera,
For oh! I pine, I perish here! La, la, la...

For months along that gloomy shore,
'Mid seabirds cry and ocean's roar
Save that mournful maiden,
Pale and sorrow laden,
Then her voice was heard no more;
Far, far away from Switzerland,
From home, from friends, from native land,
Where foreign wild flowers coldly leave
The broken hearted found a grave. La, la, la....


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