American Old Time Song Lyrics: 38 Grace Darling
Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 38
Copyright, 1891, by Frank Tousey.
Words and Music by Felix McGlennon.
'Twas on an ocean lighthouse there dwelt an English maid,
Pure as the air around her, of danger ne'er afraid;
One morning just at daybreak a storm-toss'd wreck she spied,
And though to try seemed madness, "I'll save the crew," she cried.
And she pulled away o'er the rolling sea, over the waters blue;
Help! help! she could hear the cry of the shipwrecked crew;
But Grace had an English heart, And the raging storm she braved;
She pulled away, 'mid the dashing spray, and the crew she saved.
They to the rock were clinging, a crew of nine all told,
Between them and the lighthouse the sea like mountains rolled;
Said Grace, "Come, help me, father; we'll launch the boat," said she.
Her father cried, 'Tis madness to face that raging sea! "-Chorus.
One murmured prayer, "Heaven guard us!" and then they were afloat.
Between them And destruction the planks of that frail boat:
Then spoke the maiden's father, "Return or doomed are we!"
But up spoke brave Grace Darling, "Alone I'll brave the sea"-Chorus.
They bravely rode the billows and reached the rock at length;
They saved the storm-tossed sailors, in heaven alone their strength;
Go tell the wide world ever what British pluck can do,
And sing of brave Grace Darling, who nobly saved the crew.- Chorus.