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"The Field of Monterey"
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Audio File mfc_na1818_c0194_01 19:47 to 21:50
"The Field of Monterey" is a lyrical song about the Battle of Monterey in the Mexican American war. It can be traced back to New Hampshire poet Marion Dix Sullivan.
1. The sweet church bells are pealing forth their chorus loud and free/ And everything’s rejoicing in the glorious victory/ And many hearts are bleeding, upon this glorious day/ For the loved, in death, are sleeping on the field of Monterey/ On the Field of Monterey,/ For the loved, in death are sleeping, in the field of Monterey
2. When spring was here, with opening flowers, and I was crowned the queen/ And all the young and gay were met to dance upon the green/ The proudest and the manliest was by my side that day/ Who now in death is sleeping on the field of Monterey/ On the field of Monterey/ Who now in death is sleeping on the field of Monterey
3. The flowers of spring have faded and the woods are sear and old/ The persimmon’s cheek is flushing and the papaw shines with gold/ But many hearts are bleeding, upon this glorious day/ For the loved in death are sleeping on the field of Monterey/ On the field of Monterey/ For the loved in death is sleeping on the field of Monterey
Edna Bradeen, Brownville, Maine, Mexican-American War, Marion Dix Sullivan, Song, Roud 7366, Battle, Mourning
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Bradeen, Edna. 19884. "The Field of Monterey." NA1818, Audio File mfc_na1818_c0194_01 19:47 to 21:50. Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department, University of Maine.