Lyrics: First verse Twas a schooner that lay in the safe sheltered bay, While outside raged the tempest wild Near a lighthouse lay she secure in his lee Like a fond parent watching his child For the light house so true Of the dangers well knew, And his aim was to save her from harm For his heart had gone out to this trim little boat, And he sang this soft song thro' the storm Love, love, shelter, my love, Safe near my strong right arm Warm, warm neath my loving heart, Secure from the raging storm. Thro' the long and hours of the silent night My lonely vigil I keep With my love at rest on my rugged breast While her eyes are closed in sleep With my love at rest on my rugged breast And her eyes are closed in sleepSecond verse - But this trim little boat on the blue waves a-float, Tho' she liked the old light house well Had never a thought of the love that he sought, For his secret he guarded so well. While she lay, all demure, In her haven secure Her love thoughts went wand’ring a far As the light house sincere breathed his love in her ear, She murmured the name of a star Woe woe for my shattered hope, Woe for my stricken heart Cold, cold is my love to me, ‘Twere better we now should part. For her love has gone to the morning star, And so high his light is to mine That I’ll silent keep and in silence weep While she lives in his love divine I will silent keep and in silence weep While she lives in his love divine.
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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://188.8.131.52/cdm4/intro_harris.php