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The Little Rosewood Casket TML # 006144
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One of those Victorian tear jerkers! The singer, dying for love, asks her sister to bring her love's letters, kept in the rosewood casket. Having heard them read, she prepares to die and asks that the letters, (ring), and other tokens be buried with her
There's a little rosewood casket
Resting on a marble stand
With a package of love letters
Written by my true love's hand

Will you go and bring them, sister,
Will you read them o'er to me
I have often tried but could not,
For through tears I could not see

Read each precious line so slowly,
That you may not miss a one
For the precious hand that wrote them,
His last work for me is done

You have got them now, dear sister
Come sit down upon my bed
And press gently to your bosom
This poor throbbing, aching head

Tell him that I never blamed him
Not an unkind word was spoke
Tell, oh tell him, sister, tell him
That my heart in coldness broke
Tell him that I never blamed him
Though to me he proved untrue
Tell him that I'll ne'er forget him
Though I bid this world adieu

When I'm dead and in my coffin
And my shroud's around me bound
And my narrow grave is ready
In the cold and silent ground

Place his letters and his locket
Close together o'er my heart
And the little ring he gave me
From my finger never part

You have finished now, dear sister
Will you read them o'er again
While I listen to you read them
I will lose all sign of pain

While I listen to you read them
I will gently fall asleep
Fall asleep to wake with Jesus
Darling sister, do not weep.
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