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Songs with piano
VP_001224 EXCEPTIONEmpty cradle how your mem'ries Sadly sweet upon me press As I yearn for Baby Bessie And those hours of happiness Birds have never sang so sweetly Flowers have never bloomed so fair Stars have never shone so brightly Since the cradle lost its care Verse 1Little cradle now so empty, Once a casket for my gem, Eyes of blue and tresses golden, Mamma's pride lay slumbering, Often at your side while watching, Buried deep in pensive thought Golden promise of the future, Fond antieipation brought. Chorus 1Little cradle oh how precious, Though it empty stands today Once upon your snowy pillow Baby Bessie peaceful lay. Verse 2Little cradle oh what pleasure, When with wearied little feet, Baby Bessie little treasure, Sank to rest in slumber sweet, Loving glances, fond embraces, Dimpled hands that pressed my own Rosy cheek with sunbeam traces, All are now forever flown.
1 score (4 p.) : ill. ; 31 cm.
J. Williams' Sons
Murphy, J. David, "The Empty Cradle" (1881). Vocal Popular Sheet Music Collection. Score 376.