American Old Time Song Lyrics: 56 A Lifes Regret

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 56

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Copyright, 1897, by H. R. Basler.
Words and music by Eugene Ellsworth.

Two lovers, quarreled and parted many years ago,
And each lived broken-hearted through years of pain and woe;
Each one the other longed to see, but each one vowed it could not be,
For pride had issued its decree, that they should live apart.
One day the man lay stricken in sickness and In pain,
He longed to have his sweetheart beside him just once again:
His love for her had never died, he cast aside his foolish pride,
Though weak, these words to write he tried, to his sweetheart.

"My darling, your sweet face I see, as in those sweet days long ago,
When we were both happy and free, and never had known pain or woe:
We quarreled, love, when last we met, and my heart has ne'er been free from pain.
My life has been one long regret, so hasten and come back again."

The girl, though many miles away, always thought of him,
She saw through all those weary years how foolish she had been;
She saw that both had been to blame, her love for him was still the same;
With mingled tears of joy and shame she hastened to his side;
But ere she reached her dear one's side his life had passed away,
A sacrifice to foolish pride all silent in death he lay;
He'd ne'er return, the die was cast, and while her tears were falling fast,
She read these words, that were his last before he died:- Chorus.
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