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Mother I Come Home to Die

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Mother, I Come Home to Die

Mother, I Come Home to Die

Dear Mother I remembered well
The parting kiss she gave to me
When Mary rang the village bell
My heart was full of joy & glee
I did not dream that one short year
Would crush the hopes that soared so high
Oh Mother dear draw near to me
Dear Mother I come home to die.

cho: Call Brother Sister to my side
     And take(?) a soldiers last goodbye
     Oh Mother dear draw near to me
     Dear Mother I come home to die.

Hark Mother tis the Village bell
I can no longer with you stay
My Country call to arms to arms
The foe advance in fierce array
We met the foe up on the field
We kindred spirits did defy
I fought for right God bless the flag
Dear Mother I come home to die.

Does anyone recognize this song that was scribbled in my Great-
  Grandfathers diary that he kept on the Civil War battlefields
  during 1864/1865. He served in the 14th N.Y.Volunteer Artillery
  and the 16th NY Artillery.
RW
Apr98
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