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14
OUR FAMILIAR SONGS.
1 remember, I remember
The house where I was born. The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn ; He never came a wink too soon,
Nor brought too long a day, But now I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away.
I remember, I remember
The roses red and white, The violets and the lily-cups,
Those flowers made of light; The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set The laburnum, on his birthday,
And the tree is living yet.
I remember, I remember
Where I was used to swing, And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing: My spirit flew in feathers then.
That is so heavy now; The summer pool could hardly cool
The fever on my brow.
I remember, I remember
The fir-trees dark and high ; I used to think their slender tops
Were close again the sky: It was a childish ignorance.
But now 'tis little joy To know I'm farther off from Heaven,
Than when I was a boy.
I REMEMBER.
Winthrop Mackworth Praed, a classmate of Macaulay's at Cambridge University. and his friendly rival in the boyish turning of a Greek ode or a Latin epigram, was bora in London, of wealthy parents, July 26, 1802. He was pleasing, brilliant and thoughtful. Besides Ms rhymed charades, which lifted that kind of literature above the plane of mere ingenious nonsense, he wrote many exquisite poems. He was happily married, and both he and his verse were favorites in society. He had been admitted to the Bar, served in Parliament, and was entering upon a promising literary career, when he died at the age of thirty-seven.
The words of the song " I remember," were written in June, 1833. The music was composed for them by Lady Edward Fitzgerald.








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