In dreams I see my mother (George N. Allen)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-14)  CPDL #75383:       
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-14).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 501 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: In Dreams I See My Mother
Composer: George N. Allen
Lyricist: Edward A. Perkins
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1885 Oliver Ditson Co.

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Original text and translations

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In dreams I see my mother now,
Her locks are silvered gray;
I see upon her placid brow
The cares of many a day.
Her eye grows dim, her step is slow,
Her strength is failing fast,
Her voice is tremulous and low,
For youth’s bright day is past.

We knelt, in childhood by her side
To say our evening prayer;
Her gentle voice was then our guide,
It soothed each little care;
But as at night the weary dove
Flies to her mountain nest,
She winged her way to heaven above,
With angels there to rest.

If then you have a mother dear,
O! love her while you may;
She will not always linger here,
Too soon she’ll pass away.
Her love we know not how to prize,
’Till from us she is riven;
’Till like an angel from the skies
She points the way to heaven.