The world's so wide I cannot cross it, The sea's so deep I cannot wade, I'll just go hire me a little boatman To row me across the stormy tide. I give you back your ring and letters, And the picture I have loved so well And henceforth we will meet as strangers, But I can never say farewell. There's only three things that I could wish for, That is, my coffin, shroud and grave, And when I'm dead, oh please don't weep o'er me Or kiss the lips you once betrayed.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "Fond affection", published 1952 [medium voice and piano], from Quiet Airs, no. 7. [text verified 1 time]
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