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The hours I spent with thee, dear heart Are as a string of pearls to me; I count them over ev'ry one apart, My rosary, my rosary! Each hour a pearl, each pearl a prayer To still a heart in absence wrung: I tell each bead unto the end, And there a cross is hung! O memories that bless and burn! O barren gain and bitter loss! I kiss each bead and strive at last to learn To kiss the cross, sweetheart, to kiss the cross.
Confirmed with The Canadian Soldiers' Song Book , Canada : Y.M.C.A., 1916, page 56
- by Robert Cameron Rogers (1862 - 1912), "The Rosary" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin (1862 - 1901), "The rosary", 1898 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Georgia B. Welles , "The Rosary" [ voice and piano ], Eclipse Publishing 1903 [sung text not yet checked]
Research team for this text: Alan Downes , Joost van der Linden [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 13
Word count: 86