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THE FADED GRAY JACKET.
By Mrs. C. A. Ball. Music by Charlie Ward.
Permission of the W. S. Shaw Co., Philadelphia.
Fold it up carefully, lay it aside, Tenderly touch it, look on it with pride ; For dear must it he to our hearts evermore, The jacket of g"ray our loved soldier boy wore. Can we ever forget when he joined the brave band, Who rose in defense of our dear Southern land; And in his bright youth hurried on to the fray, How proudly he donned it, the jacket of gray?
Chorus.—Fold it up carefully, lay it aside,
Tenderly touch it, look on it with pride; For dear it must be to our hearts evermore, The jacket of gray our loved soldier boy wore.
His fond mother blessed him and looked up above, Commending to Heaven the child of her love; "What anguish was hers, mortal tongue may not say, When he passed from her sight in the jacket of gray. But her country had called him, she would not repine, Though costly the sacrifice placed on its shrine; Her heart's dearest hopes on its altar she lay, When she sent out her boy, in his jacket of gray !