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OUR FA MILIAR SONGS.
THOU HAST WOUNDED THE SPIRIT THAT LOVED THEE.
One of the most familiar of all familiar songs, is the one beginning "Thou hast wounded the Spirit that loved thee." It was written and composed by Mrs. Porter, mother of the present Admiral of the United States Navy. She not only concealed her authorship of the song, but even modestly withheld from publication a stanza which, from its beauty, I take special pleasure in restoring to its place. I am indebted for the lines, to the excellent memory of Mrs. Farragut, widow of the Admiral.
Like the sunbeams that play on the ocean,
In tremulous touches of light, Is the heart in its early emotion,
Illumined with visions as bright. Yet oftimes beneath the waves swelling,
A tempest will suddenly come, All rudely and wildly dispelling
The love of the happiest home.