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Posted:  06 Nov 2005 05:14
This is an old tune that I have the music for but I don't have the words.
Posted:  06 Nov 2005 06:08
Hi Guest,

Try these lyrics. This was a popular song during the Civil War. Words and music by George F. Root:

1.
We will meet but we will miss him,
There will be his vacant chair;
We will linger to caress him
While we breathe our evening prayer;
When a year ago we gathered,
Joy was in his mild blue eye,
But a golden chord is severed,
And our hopes in ruin lie.

Chorus
We will meet, but we will miss him,
There will be his vacant chair,
We will linger to caress him
While we breathe our evening prayer.

2.
At our fireside, sad and lonely,
Often will the bosom swell
At remembrance of the story,
How our noble father fell;
How he strove to bear our banner
Through the thickest of the fight;
And uphold our country's honor,
In the strength of manhood's fight.

3.
True, they tell us wreaths of glory
Ever more will deck his brow,
But this soothes the anguish only,
Sweeping o'er our heartstrings now.
Sleep today, Oh early fallen,
In thy green and narrow bed.
Dirges from the pine and cypress
Mingle with the tears we shed.

Music available here:

http://www.mutopiaproject.org/cgibin/piece-in ...

Hope it helps!
Steve
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