Call Me Not Back from the Echoless Shore

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Melody - Henry Tucker, 1862
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Charles C. Sawyer, 1862

Why is your forehead furrowed with care?
What has so soon mingled frost in your hair?
Why are you sorrowful, why do you weep?
Why do you ask me to "Rock you to sleep?"
Could you but see thro' this world's vale of tears,
Light would your sorrows be, harmless your fears;
All that seems darkness to you would be light;
All would be sunshine where now is but night.
Chorus:
Follow me cheerfully; pray do not weep;
In spirit I'll soothe you, and "Rock you to sleep."
2. Why would you backward with time again turn?
Why do you still for your childhood's days yearn?
Weary one, why thro' the past again roam?
While in the future, the path leads you home!
Oh, dearest child, dry those tears; weep no more;
Call me not back from the "Echoless shore;"
Follow me cheerfully; pray do not weep;
In spirit I'll soothe you and "Rock you to sleep."
Chorus:
Followed by:
Lullaby, Lullaby, Lullaby,
Sleep, sleep, sleep, Oh! sleep.


Response song to "Rock Me to Sleep Mother".

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