'Twas hard, our parting, mother dear, It gave you untold pain; But hope was strong within our hearts That we should meet again. There's health upon my cheek once more, And in my eye new light 'Twill all be quench in Ocean's gloom, For Lizzie dies tonight! Lizzie dies tonight, mother, Lizzie dies tonight. I've been so happy, mother dear, When brightest summer smiled, The friends who love me far away Have guarded well your child; They've brought me almost back again To you and home's delight But I will never see you more, For Lizzie dies tonight! Lizzie dies tonight, mother, Lizzie dies tonight. I'm thinking, mother, of the time When little Willie died, We laid him down with bursting hearts, My father's tomb beside. 'Twas then you feared my tender form Would vanish from the light, But ah! my grave is 'neath the wave, For Lizzie dies tonight! Lizzie dies tonight, mother, Lizzie dies tonight. I know you're dreaming, mother dear, Of all these dangers passed; Perhaps you'll never know how hard Death came to me at last. I'm almost in your arms again, God make your burden light! I never more can cheer your heart, For Lizzie dies tonight! Lizzie dies tonight, mother, Lizzie dies tonight.
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- by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864), "Lizzie dies to-night", published 1861. [voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
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