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source:
HANDWRITTEN SONGBOOK BY DAVID MCLEOD

Dated 1855

D7505 misc.
Tune: The Girl I Left Behind Me

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the Girl I Left Behind

The hour was sad I left the maid
A lingering farewell taking
Her sighs and tears my steps delayed
I thought her heart was broken
In hurried words her name I blessed
I breathed the words that bind me
And with my heart in anguish pressed
The girl I left behind me

Then to the east we bore away
To win a name in story
And there where dawns the sun of day
There dawned our sun of glory
Both blazed in noon of Athone’s Heights
Whose in the past defied me
I shared the glory in that fight
That girl I left behind me

Full many a name our banner bore
Of former deeds of daring
But they were of the days of yore
In which we had no sharing
But now our laurels freshly won
With the old one’s shall entwined be
Singing worthy of our size each son
That sweet girl I left behind me

The hope of final victory
Within my bosom brimming
To mingle with sweet thoughts of thee
And of my fond returning
But should we never meet again
Still would your love find me
Dishonours birth shall never stain
The name I leave behind me