American Old Time Song Lyrics: 09 God Bless You Colleen

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Copyright, 1883, by Will H. Kennedy.

The shores of dear Erin recede from my sight.
As swiftly our bark glides the waters so bright.
And eager I look with a sorrowful gaze,
Upon the dear land where I passed all my days;
My thoughts turn to home and the dear folks there,
And for my dear colleen I breathe a fond prayer,
And say as the land: slowly fades from my view:
' God bless you, my colleen machree."

God bless you, colleen, I know you'll be true,
True to the heart that beats only for you;
Think of me, darling, while from you I stray,
God bless you, colleen, when I'm far away.

A tear dimmed my eye, as with feelings oppressed,
I stifled the sobs that arose in my breast,
And thought of the long days of sorrow and pain,
Before I should see thee, my darling, again;
That night in my dream I returned to my home.
And through the green meadows with Kathleen did roam;
But waking the old words came back anew:
"God bless you, colleen machree."-Chorus.
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