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ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
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.
Had I the art to sing her praise
With all the skill of Homer, One only theme should fill my lays—
The charms of my true lover. So, let the night be e'er so dark,
Or e'er so wet and windy, Kind Heaven send me back again
To the girl I've left behind me.
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 prayer,
To my beauteous fair to bind me, And send me safely back again
To the girl I've left behind me.
The bee shall honey taste no more,
The dove become a ranger, The falling waves shall 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.







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