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The Hour of Parting
Words by Elizabeth Anne White

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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[verse 1]
Sad hour of parting! too quickly here!
Spirits to sever link'd by each thought
Bringing thy anguise! they bitter tear,... thy bitter tear!
Lonely we'll wander through the day,
Hopeless must weep through night's delay;
Our hearts are breaking, with this fare-well!.... with this fare-well!
Fare-well! Oh! must we say farewell!
Fare-well! Oh! must we say farewell!

[verse 2]
Oh thou bless'd spirit! bend kindly down,
Drooping, behold us! neath adverse fate,
Shelter us from its withering frown, ... its with'ring frown.
To thy protection now we flee,
Safe in the shadow let us be;
In sorrow parted, by fate's compel!... by stern compel!
Fare-well! It is our last fare-well!
Fare-well! It is our last fare-well!



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