American Old Time Song Lyrics: 46 Forget The Past

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 46

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Copyright, MDCCCXCV, by Henry J. Wehman.
Words by Hattie Anderson. Music by Geo. E. Appel.

Nell and I had quarreled, as young couples do;
I was madly jealous, and thought she was untrue;
She received a letter from an old sweetheart,
And I said, "We'd better henceforth live apart!"
I was rashly violent, in my jealous pain;
She was proudly silent, and would not explain;
So, in bitter anger, we each went away,
Though our hearts were breaking, neither one would say:

Dear, I am sorry I gave you pain;
Come, kiss me, darling, and he friends again;
I will love you only, dear, while life shall last;
Darling, forgive me, and forget the past.

After years of silence, my Nell passed away-
Nestling on her bosom, two tear-stained letters lay;
One, the fatal missive that had wrought such woe,
And for me the other, written long ago­"Husband, I will tell you, now we are apart,
, All about that letter from an old sweetheart-
It was from a sister, who had gone astray,
But you were so bitter, that I would not say:- Chorus.
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