Lyrics: First verse The sun arose in beauty, The birds caroled their song; Sweet flowers sent forth their fragrance, And decked the verdant lawn. But sad my heart was breaking, No gleam of sunshine there, All, all was drear and darkling, No comfort, e'en in prayer. For ‘twas the morn they laid you, Dear Eva, in thy grave, E'en now my heart is breaking, O God, in pity save. Thou knowest human weakness, Thou knowest human wo; O take me to those mansions Where heavenly waters flow. Second verse There, ‘mid seraphic beings, I'll meet my darling one, And join with her in singing Amid that heavenly throng. Forever and forever Our swelling songs shall rise; O take me to those mansions Far, far beyond the skies. Third verse Again the sun in beauty Arose in cloudless dawn; Again sweet flowers in fragrance Bloomed gaily o'er the lawn. But Uncle Tom ne'er heeds them, He's joined the angel throng, And strikes his harp immortal To Eva's heavenly song.
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The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Read the introduction for further information to use when contextualizing this item: http://184.108.40.206/cdm4/intro_harris.php