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Short poem

Julia Moore (1847-1920)

Air -- "Belle Mahone"

              1Once there was a lady fair,
              2    With black eyes and curly hair,
              3She has left this world of care,
              4    Sweet Carrie Munro.


              6Sweet Carrie Munro,
              7Dear Carrie Munro,
              8And her friends will not forget
              9Sweet Carrie Munro.

            10Now those friends miss Carrie here,
            11    For she was loved both far and near,
            12She has left them all in tears,
            13    Sweet Carrie Munro.

            14Carrie's age was twenty-three,
            15    A married lady, too, was she --
            16A mournful parting had to be,
            17    From Carrie Munro.

            18Just before her spirit fled
            19    Her husband stood by her dying bed;
            20"Prove faithful, birdie, to me," said
            21    Sweet Carrie Munro.

            22Sad will memory pass o'er
            23    That loved form that is no more --
            24She is waiting on the other shore,
            25    Loved Carrie Munro.

            26[Note to "Belle Mahone":]


26] A popular song by J. H. McNaughton (A Book of a Thousand Songs, ed. Albert E. Wier (Boston: Carl Fischer, 1918). Soon beyond the harbor bar,
Shall my bark be sailing far,
O'er the world I wander lone,
Sweet Belle Mahone.


Sweet Belle Mahone!
Sweet Belle Mahone!
Wait for me at Heaven's gate,
Sweet Belle Mahone!
O'er thy grave I weep goodbye,
Hear, O hear my lonely cry,
I without thee what am I,
Sweet Belle Mahone.

Lonely like a withered tree,
What is all the world to me?
Life and Light were all in thee,
Sweet Belle Mahone.

Daisies pale are growing o'er
All my heart can e're adore,
Shall I meet thee never more,
Sweet Belle Mahone.

Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Mortal refrains: the Complete Collected Poetry, Prose, and Songs of Julia A. Moore, the Sweet Singer of Michigan, ed. Thomas J. Riedlinger (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1998): 37-38. PS 2430 .M3 1998 Robarts Library. The Sentimental Song Book (Grand Rapids, Michigan: C. M. Loomis, 1876).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/7/30

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