American Old Time Song Lyrics: 20 The Letter That Was Written Long Ago

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 20

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The Letter that was Written Long Ago
Copyright, 1887, by H. W. Hitchcock.

With writing dim and faded it lies before me now,
And calls to mind the one who passed away!
What tender mem'ries gather as o'er the page I bow.
Of one whose smile was fairer far than day!
When twilight softly falling has lulled the hours to rest.
I see her face in all its youthful glow;
It brings to me a message so loving, sweet and blest.
The letter that was written long ago!

That dear old faded letter, this fondly treasured letter!
How loved and cherished none on earth can know!
Forever while I wander I'll keep with tender care
The letter that was written long ago!

A little withered blossom between the leaves I see.
O dream of love that faded in its bloom!
Of all the hallow'd mem'ries that life has left to me,
The fondest one is this amid my gloom!
I sadly read them over these lines so kind, so dear,
From one who slumbers where the daisies grow,
Oh, better than all treasures that life can give to me.
The letter that was written long ago!- Chorus.
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