Willie My Brave

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Melody - Stephen Foster, 1851; Seq. by Benjamin R. Tubb
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Stephen Foster, 1851

On the lonely sea-beat shore
A maiden fair was weeping,
Calling one who far away
Beneath the wave was sleeping.
Thus her sad unchanging strain
Floated ever on the main
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Come o'er the billow,
Ride on the wave,
Come while the wind bloweth,
Willie my brave!
2. He said his bark would soon return,
And with a kiss they parted;
But when a year had passed away,
She then grew weary hearted
Oh! 'twas sad, from day to day,
To hear the maiden's plaintive lay
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3. None who knew the maiden's grief,
And saw her heart's devotion
Would tell her of the fragile bark
That sank beneath the ocean;
But when all hope had passed away,
Her life breathed forth its parting lay
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