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133
THE GIRL I'VE LEFT BEHIND ME.*
(BRIGHTON' CAMP.)
18th century i.
I'm lonesome since I cross'd the hill.
And o'er the moor and valley, Such heavy thoughts my heart do fill
S;nce parting with my Sally; I seek no more the fine or gay,
For each does but remind me How swiftly pass'd the hours away
With the girl I've left behind me.
2.
Oh, ne'er shall I forget the night,
The stars were bright above me, And gently lent their silv'ry light,
When first she vow'd to love me ! But now I'm bound to Brighton camp.
Kind Heaven then pray guide me, And send me safely back again
To the girl I've left behind me.
3-Her golden hair in ringlets fair,
Her eyes like diamonds shining. Her slender waist, with carriage chaste,
May leave the swan repining. Ye gods above ! oh, hear my pray'r,
To my beauteous fair to bind me, And send me safely back again
To the girl I've left behind me.
4-The bee shall honey taste no more,
The dove become a ranger, The falling waters cease to roar,
Ere I shall seek to change her. The vows we register'd above
Shall ever cheer and bind me In constancy to her I love,
The girl I've left behind me.
* Sung to the air of "As slow our Ship," prtCtdtng page.
H. 4S63.
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