Thomas H. Bayly

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No, Ne'er Can Thy Home Be Mine
T. H. Bayly

One of sixty-eight pieces bound in “The Shower of Pearls : A collection of the most beautiful duets, for two sopranos, soprano and alto, soprano and tenor, soprano and bass, and tenor and bass, arranged with an accompaniment for the piano-forte.”

Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington Street

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First verse solo by 1st voice, 2nd verse solo by 2nd voice.

[verse 1]
I have told thee how sweet the roses are
In my home beyond the sea;
Where the dark-eyed maid with her sweet guitar,
Sits under the orange tree;
Then fly, Oh! fly from this isle of storm,
Where all that is fair must pine,
To a sky more blue, and a sun more warm,
Hence-forth let my home be thine.
I will sing to thee, If with me thou'lt rove,
The song of the olden time;
Thou wilt never compare with my ardent love,
The love of this colder clime;
Thou wilt scorn the fruits of thy mountain home,
Be holding the purple vine;
Then come to the land of my birth,
Oh come, henceforth let my home be thine.

[verse 2]
I have heard thee tell of a sky more blue
And a sun more warm than this;
And I've sometimes tho't if thy tale be true
To dwell in that clime were bliss;
But Oh! when I gaze on my tranquil cot
Where the clematis boughs entwine,
The land of the stranger tempts me not,
No ne'er can thy home be mine.
Alas! 'tis plain that my mountain home
Must ever be scorned by thee;
And may I not fear that a time will come
When thous will have scorn for me,
And oh! there is one who loves me here,
Who's voice is less sweet than thine,
To my simple taste is far more dear,
No ne'er can thy home be mine.



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