Stephen Collins Foster Biography - online book

A Biography Of America's Folk-Song Composer By Harold Vincent Milligan

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And a poor man's family Shall not be his misery,
In the good time coming; Every child shall be a help
To make his right arm stronger; The happier he the more he has,
Wait a little longer.
Little children shall not toil Under or above the soil,
In the good time coming, But shall play in healthful fields,
Till limbs and minds grow stronger; And everyone shall read and write,
Wait a little longer.
"There's a Good Time Coming" does not seem to have had much success, but the following year a group of five songs was published, which not only brought fame to their author and a fortune to their publisher, but which mark an epoch in the history of music in America.

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III