Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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Oh, how must her father have felt
When he came to the door in the morn; There he found Mary dead, and the child
Fondly clasped in its dead mother's arms, While in frenzy he tore his gray hairs,
As on Mary he gazed at the door, For that night she had perished and died,
From the winds that blow 'cross the wild moor.
The father in grief pined away,
The child to the grave was soon borne; And no one lives there to this day,
For the cottage to ruin has gone. The villagers point out the spot,
Where a willow droops over the door; Saying, " There Mary perished and died,
From the winds that blow 'cross the wild moor."
Susanna Blamire, author of the following lyric, was bora January 12, 1747, at Carden Hall, near Carlisle, England. She went to Scotland when young, and remained there many years. Her poems were long scattered about unclaimed. She is described as having a graceĀ­ful form, somewhat above middle size, and a face slightly marked with small-pox, but beaming with kindness, and sparkling, dark eyes. She was called " a bonnie and verra lish young lass,", which means a beautiful and very lively young girl. She returned to Carlisle, and died there, April 5, 1794.
The old melody of the song is called " My dearie, an' thou dee."
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