Take I pray thee this small locket, Brother soldier ere I die; Life is flick'ring in its socket, And my spirit soon will fly; I am dying, comrade dying, Far from home and her I love; Death with life is strongly vying, And I soon will be above. Refrain Take this locket, soldier, brother, Don't forget, give this to mother. Comrade, hear those angels singing, See beyond the brilliant light; Hear you: joybells sweetly ringing; Shade my vision from God's sigh; Death had come, my eyes grow dimmer, Let me comrade touch your hand, Ere the stars of ev'ning glimmer, I will find a fairer land.
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- by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864), "Give this to Mother", published 1864. [voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
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