Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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

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Minstrel's Gift." During the war, a large number of Northern troops, who were prisoners near Tyler, Texas, organized a company of sappers and miners, and had a tunnel in progress, when news came that Banks was within one hundred and fifty miles. Fifteen adventurous souls, feeling that the under-ground route was too tedious, completed the undermining of one of the great logs that composed the stockade, and succeeded, on a rainy evening, in fastening a rope around the log. A band of musical comrades gathered in a distant part of the encampment, and, just as the rope was drawn in, and the men rushed through the opening, the clouds rolled away, and the singers broke out into:
** Roll on, Silver Moon, Guide the traveller on his way."
His lone grave I'll seek out until morning appears,
And weep o'er my lover so brave; I'll embrace the cold sod, and bathe with my tears,
The sweet flowers that bloom o'er his grave.

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