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The Blind Child's Prayer
See Perrow, Journal, XXVIII, 170, for a North Carolina version; also Shearin and Combs, p. 32. The same text is printed in Journal, XLIV, 75. See also Fuson, p. 146.
"The Blind Girl.' Alabama.
Obtained from Mrs. Emory P. Morrow, Aliceville,
i. "They tell me, father, that tonight You wed another bride; That you will clasp her to the arms, Where my dear mother died.
2. "They say her name is Mary too, The name my mother bore. But, father, is she kind and true Like the one you loved before ?
3. "Her picture is hanging on the wall; Her books are lying near;
There is the harp her fingers touched; There sits her vacant chair,
4. "The chair by which I've oft times knelt To say my evening prayer.
0 father, do not bid me come;
1 cannot meet her there.
5. "Now let me kneel down by your side And to our Saviour pray
That God's right hand will lead you both Through life's long weary way."