Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

300 traditional songs, inc sheet music with full piano accompaniment & lyrics.

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There is not in the wide world a valley so
sweet, As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters
meet; Oh! the last rays of feeling and life must
depart, Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my
Yet it was not that Nature had shed o'er the
scene, Her purest of crystal and brightest of green; 'Twas not her soft magic of streamlet or hill, Oh! no it was something more exquisite still.
'Twas that friends, the beloved of my bosom,
were near, Who made every dear scene of enchantment more
dear, And who felt how the best charms of nature
improve, When we see them reflected from looks that we love.
Sweet vale of Avoca! how calm could I rest
In thy bosom of shade, with the friends I love best*
Where the storms that we feel in this cold world
should cease, And our hearts, like thy waters, be mingled in
Robert Burns wrote these verses, all but a line or two, which belonged to a very indifferent old Jacobite song. The air to which they are now sung is called "The Highland Watch's Farewell."
l.My heart is sair, I daur - na tell, My heart is sair for some - bo-dy; 2. Ye pow'rs that smile on vir - tuous love, Ol sweet -ly smile on some - bo-dy;
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I could wake a win - ter night, For the sake o> some - bo-dv. Oh hon, for some - bo -dv! Frae ilka dan -ger keep him free, And send me safe my some - bo-dy. Oh hon, for some - bo-dy!

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III