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FRANKLIN-SQUARE SONG COLLECTION.
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There is no power of love so hard to get and keep as a kind voice. A kind hand is deaf and dumb. It may be rough in flesh and blood, yet do the work of a soft heart, and do it vith a soft touch. But there is no one thing that love so much needs as a sweet voice to tell what it mean? and feels; and it is hard to get and keep it in the right tone. One must start in youth and be on the watch night and day, at work and play, to get and keep a voice that shall speak at all times the thoughts of a kind heart. But this is the time
when a sharp voice is most apt to be got. You often hear boys and girls say words at play with a quick, sharp tone, as if it were the snap of a whip. When one of them gets vexed you will hear a voice that sounds as if it were made up of a snarl and whine, and a bark. Such a voice often speaks worse than the heart feels. It shows more ill-will in the tone than in the words. It is in mirth also that one gets a voice or tone that is sharp, which sticks to him through life, and stirs up ill-will and grief, and falls like a drop of gall on
the sweet joys at home. Such as these get a sharp home voice for use, and keep their best voices for those they meet elsewhere, just as they would save their best pies and cakes for guests, and all their sour food for their own board. Use your guests' voice at home. Watch it, day by day, as a pearl of great price, for it will be worth more to you in days to come than would the best pearl hid in the sea. A kind voice is a joy like a lark's song to a hearth and home. It is to the heart what light is to the eye. Sweeter than song—it
is a light that sings as well as shines. Train it to sweet tones early and it will keep in tune thro' life.
" The girl I left behind me," is thought to be of Irish origin. It was written when there were camps along the coast of England, and was long known as " Brighton Camp." For upwards of a century it has been a favorite with military bands and is usually played on such special occasions as the departure of troops from home or from camp, as well as upon the sailing of a transport as she weighs her anchor.







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