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TO THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND. 277
TO THE GIEL I LEFT BEHIND.
BY A. VAN DYKE,
OF COMPANY E, FIRST MICHIGAN INFANTET.
Air — " Bonny Doon"
"DEAR friend, I sit me down to write
The thoughts, the feelings of my heart; Affection's fires are burning bright,
Affection's tear perchance may start, For miles of distance now divide
The soldier from his friends at home, But in thy heart I can confide,
Where'er on earth my footsteps roam.
Fond memory keeps her treasure well —
Thy sacred image still is there — It cheers me like a magic spell,
And lightens many a weight of care. That " parting scene " I' 11 ne'er forget —
The vows we pledged, the tears we shed — Trust me they 're all remembered yet,
Though many weary months have fled.