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OUR FAMILIAR SONGS
O Mary! go and call the cattle home,
And call the cattle home, And call the cattle home,
Across the sands of Dee. The western wind was wild and dank.
The western wind was wild and dank, Was wild and dank with foam:
And all alone went she.
The creeping tide came up along the sand,
And o'er, and o'er the sand, And round and round the sand,
As far as eye could see; The blinding mist came pouring down,
The blinding mist came pouring down, Came down and hid the land,
And never home came she!
Oh ! is it weed, or fish, or floating hair!
A tress o' golden hair! O' drowned maiden's hair,
Above the nets at sea ? Was never weed or fish that shone,
Was never weed or fish that shone, That shone so fair
Among the stakes on Dee !
They rowed her in across the rolling foam,
The cruel, crawling foam. The cruel, hungry foam,
To her grave beside the sea; But still the boatmen hear her call,
But still the boatmen hear her call, Call the cattle home,
Across the sands o' Dee.
THE PILOT.
This song was written by Thomas Haynes Bayly. The music is the composition of Sidney Nelson, a noted English song composer, who was born in 1800, and died in 1862. Carrie Nelson and Mrs. Craven, the actresses and singers, are his daughters.
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