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VP_008700 Verse 1While the guns of battle sounded O'er the waters of the Bay,... And each heart with ardor bounded As the shots fell far away;... On the deck a lad lay dying,... And one upward glance he gave... Where Old Glory, o'er him flying, Shone defiant o'er the wave.... Chorus 1Take this message, soft he murmured,... On his face a look of joy,... For the Flag I die, dear mother, Don't forget your sailorboy!... Verse 2In a little home, so lonely, Was a mother waiting sad;... She had one to care for only 'Twas her darling sailor lad... Ah! she knew not of the battle,... And the dying one who lay... 'Mid the din of cannon's rattle In that faroff Spanish Bay!... Verse 3While the stars are softly shining On that little home tonight,... There's a mother lone repining By the fireside warm and bright... Oh, her heart for one is calling.... But his grave's on youder shore... And her weary tears are falling For the boy she'll see no more!...
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1 score (4 p.) : ill. ; 31 cm.
H. Franklin Jones
Osborne, Harry and Cooper, George, "For The Flag I Die, Dear Mother! : Song And Refrain" (1898). Vocal Popular Sheet Music Collection. Score 2486.