It is ten weary years since I left Ireland shore,
In a far distant country to roam;
Ho I long to return to my own native land
To my friends and the old folks at home.
Last night, as I slumbered, I had a strange dream,
One that seemed to bring distant friends near;
I dreamt of old England, the land of my birth,
To the heart of her sons ever near.
I saw the old homestead and faces I love; I saw England’s valleys and dells;
I listened with joy as I did when a boy, to the sound of the old village bells;
The log was burning brightly -- ‘twas a night that should banish all sin,
For the bells xx were ringing the old year out and the new year in.
While the joyous bells rang, swift I wended my way
To the cot(tage) where I lived when a boy;
And I looked in the window, yes, there, by the fire,
Sat my parents--my heart filled with joy.
The tears trickled fast down my bronzed, furrowed cheecks,
As I gazed on my mother so dear;These lines apparently
I knew in my heart she was raising a prayer Lost from MS
For the boy whom she dreamt not was near.copy.
At the door of the cottage we met face to face,
‘Twas the first time for ten weary years;
Soon the past was forgotten-we stood hand in hand-
Father, mother, and wanderer in tears.
Once more in the fireplace the oak log burns bright,
And I promised no more would I roam;
As I sit in the old vacant chair by the hearth,
And I sing the dear song “Home Sweet Home”
(from Margaret Barlowe?)
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Text derived from 1891 parlour song written by Will Godwin, 18??-1913
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