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The Hope That the Nearest
From "Lucia de Lammermoor."

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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The hope that the nearest
My heart was closely twing,
The joys that were parted
That cheered me though pining,
And poor, broken hearted, I linger,
I linger to mourn.

Thy heart hath forsaken
The house of thy fathers
In vain to awaken the love of our foe!
The false one deceives thee,
Thus heaven rewards thee!
The traitor now leaves thee
To sorrow and woe,
Thy hear has forsaken
The house of thy fathers,
In vain to awaken
The love of our foe
The traitor now leaves thee to sorrow and woe.



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