Don't Leave the Old Home, Mamie.
Copyright, 1894, by Jos W. Stern & Co.
Words and Music by Will H. Fox. Arrangement by G. M. Rosenberg.
The scene an humble dwelling, with hearth-fire burning bright;
A father and a mother, gray in years,
Are talking to their daughter, their pride, their hearts' delight,
With voices low and eyes bedimmed with tears.
The child has told her parents that love has won her heart,
That she will leave them both ere many days;
Her words cause tears anew from two souls so good and true,
And this is what her dear old father says:
"Don't leave the old home, Mamie; from temptation refrain,
You know it will bring sorrow, we may never meet again
Bid him come here and marry you, then with us both remain,
"Twould break your dear old mother's heart, were you to love in vain."
"You say he loves you, daughter; then let him prove it, dear;
If this be true, he won't ask you to roam;
He knows you are our jewel, our only guiding star,
Why should he dim the brightness of our home?
The mother pleads, "My loved one, false steps wreck many a home;
Remain with us, upon my knees I pray.
Don't say that we must part, do not break your mother's heart,
But listen to what father has to say:" - Chorus.