Old Ballads eBook

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The tear fell gently from her eye,
  When last we parted on the shore;
My bosom heav’d with many a sigh,
  To think I ne’er might see her more. 
“Dear youth,” she cried,
              “and canst thou haste away? 
My heart will break; a little moment stay. 
Alas, I cannot, I cannot part from thee. 
The anchor’s weigh’d,
              farewell! remember me.”

“Weep not, my love,” I trembling said,
  “Doubt not a constant heart like mine;
I ne’er can meet another maid,
  Whose charms can fix
               that heart like thine!”

“Go, then,” she cried, “but let thy constant mind
  Oft think of her you leave in tears behind.” 
“Dear maid, this last embrace my pledge shall be! 
The anchor’s weigh’d!
                farewell! remember me.”

S.J.  Arnold.


She’s all my fancy painted her,
  She’s lovely, she’s divine;
But her heart it is another’s,
  She never can be mine;
Yet lov’d I as man never lov’d,
  A love without decay,
Oh! my heart, my heart is breaking
  For the love of Alice Gray!

Her dark brown hair is braided
  O’er a brow of spotless white;
Her soft blue eye now languishes,
  Now flashes with delight;
Her hair is braided not for me,
  The eye is turned away;
Yet, my heart, my heart is breaking
  For the love of Alice Gray.

I’ve sunk beneath the summer’s sun,
  And trembled in the blast;
But my pilgrimage is nearly done,
  The weary conflict’s past: 
And when the green sod wraps my grave,
  May pity haply say,
Oh! his heart, his heart is broken
  For the love of Alice Gray.

        William Mee.


’Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home! 
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there,
Which, seek thro’ the world, is ne’er met with elsewhere. 
  Home! home! sweet, sweet home! 
  There’s no place like home! 
  There’s no place like home!

An exile from home splendour dazzles in vain,
Oh I give me my lowly thatch’d cottage again! 
The birds singing gaily that came at my call,
Give me them with the peace of mind dearer than all. 
  Home! home! sweet, sweet home! 
  There’s no place like home! 
  There’s no place like home!

        J.  Howard Payne.


John Anderson, my Jo, John, When we were first acquent, Your locks were like the raven, Your bonnie brow was brent; But now your brow is beld, John, Your locks are like the snaw; But blessings on your frosty pow, John Anderson, my Jo.

John Anderson, my Jo, John,
  We clamb the hill thegither;
And monie a canty day, John,
  We’ve had wi’ ane anither: 
Now we maun totter down, John,
  But hand in hand we’ll go,
And sleep thegither at the foot,
  John Anderson, my Jo.

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