When I Saw Sweet Nelly Home.
In the sky the bright stars glittered, on the grass the moonlight fell,
Unshed the sound of daylight's bustle, closed the pink-eyed pimpernel!;
As down the moss-grown woodpath, where the cattle love to roam.
From Aunt Dinah's quilting party I was seeing Nelly home.
When I saw sweet Nelly home, when I saw sweet Nelly home;
How I bless the August evening when I saw sweet Nelly home.
Jetty ringlets softly flattered o'er her brow as white as snow.
And her cheek, the crimson sunset, scarcely had a warmer glow;
'Mid her parted lips' Vermillion, white teeth flashed like ocean foam;
All I marked with pulses throbbing, as I saw sweet Nelly home.- Chorus.
When the Autumn tinged the greenwood, turning all the leaves to gold,
In the lawn by alders shaded, I my love to Nelly told;
As we stood together, gazing on the star-bespangled dome,
How I blessed the August evening when I saw sweet Nelly home.-Chorus.
White hairs mingle with my tresses, furrows steal upon my brow,
nr a love-smile cheers and blesses life's declining moments now.
Matron in a snowy 'kerchief, closer to my bosom come.
Tell me, dost thou still remember when I saw sweet Nellie home?--Chorus.