by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)

Farewell! old cottage
Language: English 
Farewell! old cottage, 
You and I must part; 
I leave your faithful shelter 
With a poor breaking heart. 

The stranger, in his might, 
Hath cast our lot in twain; 
The term of our delight 
Must close in parting pain. 

Farewell! old cottage, 
You and I must part; 
I leave your faithful shelter 
With a poor breaking heart. 

Farewell! old cottage, 
Memory still inthralls 
The loved ones of my childhood 
In your time beaten walls. 

Here my brother played 
In pride of health and youth, 
Here my sister prayed 
In purity and truth. 

Farewell! old cottage, 
You and I must part; 
I leave your faithful shelter 
With a poor breaking heart. 

Farewell! old cottage, 
Oft times from afar 
Yon window light hath served me 
As a loved guiding star, 

And cheered a heart that longed 
To join the household mirth 
Where happy faces thronged 
A hospitable hearth. 

Farewell! old cottage, 
You and I must part; 
I leave your faithful shelter 
With a poor breaking heart.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-26
Line count: 36
Word count: 164