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50                                        CHRISTY'S
Rosa Dear.
The music, with piano-forte accompaniment, published bf Jaques & Brother, New York.
O, de sun dat rises in de eastern sky
Am not more clear, am not more clear, Dan de light dat shines from de coal-brack eye
Ob Rosa dear, ob Rosa dear. And de sun when he sets in de yaller west, A sighin' for de darkies to go to dere rest, Am not more quiet dan de charcoal breast Ob Rosa dear, ob Rosa dear.
Chorus. O, de sun, &c.
At night when I presses de lubly brand
Ob Rosa dear, ob Rosa dear, It seems she has drapt from a heavenly band
In de moonlight clear, in de moonlight clear. When de daylight comes, I hasten away, For if I don't, ole massa '11 say Pat I no more shall my banjo play
To Rosa dear, my Rosa dear.
Chorus. 0, de sun, &c.
It almost makes dis darkey cry,
To see de tear, to see de tear, Dat draps like a pearl from de coal-brack eye
Ob Rosa dear, my Rosa dear. Den wid my lips I brush it away, And tell her "every one has his day," Oh. Lor ! what sweet things I do say
To Rosa dear, my Rosa dear
Chorus. O, de sun, &c.

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