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Jim Dixon Lyr Add: The Letters We Carved on the Tree (10) Lyr Add: HE CARVED HIS MOTHER'S NAME UPON THE TREE 15 Jun 20


Another song on a similar theme. You can see this sheet music at Johns Hopkins University:


"A Sympathetic Song from Life"
HE CARVED HIS MOTHER'S NAME UPON THE TREE
Words by Henry V. Neal, music by Gussie L. Davis, ©1899.

1. 'Twas an orphan boy one day bearing wild flow'rs by the way,
As to the City graveyard he was bound;
Through the wicket gate he sped and he gently bowed his head,
And laid them on a little grassy mound.
He was poor but at his side where the rich and great had died,
Were marble shafts and roses blooming free,
And 'mid flow'rs and sculptured stone where she lay there long unknown,
He carved his mother's name upon the tree.

CHORUS: Oh, the little orphan boy while the tear stood in his eye,
Remembered those sweet lessons at her knee,
And beneath the maple's shade, where in silence she was laid,
He carved his mother's name upon the tree.

2. And he never ceased to tell of the one he loved so well,
But cherished all her precepts in his breast,
So when Heaven seemed to smile on his labors all the while,
He planted roses o'er her like the rest.
Now the orphan sad and lone to a merchant prince has grown.
A monument of beauty you may see.
It beside the maple stands where in youth with loving hands,
He carved his mother's name upon the tree. CHORUS


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