American Old Time Song Lyrics: 35 Loves Changeless Chimes

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 35

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Copyright, 1891, by Willis Woodward & Co.
Poetry by Samuel K. Cowan, M.A.
Music by Percy O. Mocatta.

Sometimes I ask no more than this.
No more than this-that love's old rhymes
May sometimes wake a vanished bliss,
Or dry a passing tear sometimes;
I know not if thou hearest now
Those by-gone rhymes of woe and bliss;
Yet I still hear sometimes; dost thou?
Yet I still hear sometimes; dost thou?
I ask no answer, dear, but this:
I ask no answer, dear, but this­"It may be so; I hardly know;
So long ago; such foolish rhymes;
They come and go; I hardly know;
An old stray rhyme, perchance, sometimes."

What brings them back, those by-gone rhymes?,
Why slumbers not the past at rest?
When hearts are parted, why, sometimes.
Come those old strains to vex thy breast?
Ah, heart, dear heart, though far or near,
'Tis love that rings his changeless chimes;
Still, still the same, though hearts may hear
Forever, dear; or, dear, sometimes.

In glory there, in echoes here,
Love rings, on high, his golden chimes;
Forever there where souls are near
Love rings his golden, changeless chimes.
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