American Old Time Song Lyrics: 04 The Human Harp

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 4

Home Songster main V01 V02 V03 V04 V05 V06 V07 V08 V09 V10 V11 V12 V13 V14 V15 V16 V17 V18 V19 V20 V21 V22 V23 V24 V25 V26 V27 V28 V29 V30 V31 V32 V33 V34 V35 V36 V37 V38 V39 V40 V41 V42 V43 V44 V45 V46 V47 V48 V49 V50 V51 V52 V53 V54 V55 V56 V57 V58 V59 V60 V61 Support Search

Share page  Visit Us On FB


There is a harp in each human breast,
The strings of which are never at rest;
Where music forever breathes and lingers,
Awaken'd by myriads of viewless fingers,
That play, like the hum of fairy wings,
Their notes on its thousand quivering strings.

This heav'n-born harp is a priceless boon
In its mortal frame, with its strings in tune;
But whether notes of this living harp
Be gentle or tender, flat or sharp,
When louder rung depends always
On the ear that hears, and the hand that plays.

How touchingly-tender is its moan,
As it gives to sorrow its monotone;
When touched by the palzied hand of Fear
It vibrates quick on the startled ear;
And its strong-wrought frame in frenzy leaps.
While Passion its diapason sweeps.

But happier spirits are hovering near,
And the music they play we love to hear;
They move all hearts with the grave and the gay.
And many a time Ive heard them play.
So often, too. are they playing the same,
That we know their touch, and call them by name.

There is Love, who comes on his fluttering wings,
And how it thrills when he touches the strings.
Fear thinks he is heard all over the land,
As he strikes the chords with a master's hand;
Put to Faith And Hope is the mission given
To touch the notes that are heard in heaven..

They bear it away when the rest are gone,
And lift the frail harp, broken And lone;
And when Death plays the last sad strain,
Breaking the chords he shall ne'er touch again,
They bear it away on joyous wing,
And string it anew where the angels sing.
Download music lyrics PDF file For Printing with (no ads)
Download music lyrics in RTF file For editing / printing with Word and other editing software.
Download music lyrics as PNG Graphic file For inclusion in DTP etc.

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III