Temperance Hymn Book And Minstrels

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26                               WOES OF INTEMPERANCE.
28                          C. M.
1   MOURNFUL and sad upon my ear
The death-bell echoes stole ; And painful memories opened all The feelings of my soul.
2  The knell—the knell—it told of wo
That words cannot reveal— Of desolate and broken hearts, Where grief had set his seal.
3  Again it pealed—and on the air
It swelled and died along ; And to the dwelling of the dead There came a weeping throng.
4  In tattered weeds, with trembling steps,
The widow led the train : And her poor orphans followed on— Sad sharers of her pain.
5  Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,
Clay to its kindred clay— They left the dead—and wailed and wept, And slowly moved away.
6  But ah ! there hung a heavy cloud
Upon that husband's name ; And deep disgrace had settled down Upon that father's fame.
7  There was a keenness in their grief,
A death-shade in their gloom— As, desolate and fatherless, They left the drunkard's tomb.
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