4288. My Mother's Bible (Morris)

1. This book is all that’s left me now!
Tears will unbidden start—
With faltering lip and throbbing brow
I press it to my heart.
For many generations past,
Here is our family tree!
My mother’s hands this Bible clasped,
She, dying, gave it me.

2. Ah, well do I remember those
Whose names these records bear;
Who round the hearth-stone used to close
After the evening prayer,
And speak of what these pages said,
In tones my heart would thrill!
Though they are with the silent dead,
Here are they living still!

3. My father read this holy book
To brothers, sisters dear;
How calm was my poor mother’s look,
Who leaned God’s Word to hear!
Her angel face—I see it yet!
What thronging memories come—
Again that little group is met
Within the halls of home!

4. Thou truest friend man ever knew,
Thy constancy I’ve tried;
When all were false I found thee true,
My counselor and guide.
The mines of earth no treasures give,
That could this volume buy;
In teaching me the way to live,
It taught me how to die.

Text Information
First Line: This book is all that's left me now
Title: My Mother's Bible (Morris)
Author: George Perkins Morris (1843)
Language: English
Source: The Deserted Bride, and Other Poems, 1843
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: [This book is all that's left me now]
Composer: Henry Russell
Incipit: 33333 22333 26552
Key: E Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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