American Old Time Song Lyrics: 55 The Bridegroom That Never Came

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Copyright, 1897, by T. B. Harms & Co.
Words and Music by Gussie L. Davis.

The village church was crowded on a quiet Summer's eve,
And eager ones were gathered at the door
To see the happy wedded couple marching down the aisle,
And hear the wedding bells ring out once more.
The bride, the maids of honor, and the ushers waited long,
With friends that were to greet the joyous pair.
"'Tis nine o'clock," the preacher said," they were to wed at eight!"
All wondered why the bridegroom was not there.

Waiting for the bridegroom, waiting, alas, in vain!
Little does the bride know they will ne'er meet again!
She can't believe him faithless, she loves him still the same;
Sad are her fears, waiting in tears for the bridegroom that never came.

The bridegroom had an old sweetheart he'd loved in days of yore,
But Fate had kept them far apart for years;
He'd heard that she was married, while she thought that he was dead!
They met that morn, her eyes wept joyful tears.
With old love vows once more renewed, they wedded were that day!
He sent no message to his promised bride.
Her life was wrecked; within her home they never speak his name,
A broken heart she vainly tries to hide. - Refrain.
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