Dear Mother, Iíve Come Home to Die by E. Bowers

Music by Henry Tucker.

Dear mother, I remember well
The parting kiss you gave me,
When merry rang the village bell—
My heart was full of joy and glee:
I did not dream that one short year,
Would crush the hopes that soared so high!
Oh, mother dear, draw near to me;
Dear mother, I’ve come home to die.

Chorus.—Call sister, brother, to my side,
And take your soldier’s last good-by.
Oh, mother dear, draw near to me;
Dear mother, I’ve come home to die.

Hark! Mother, ’tis the village bell,
I can no longer with thee stay;
My country calls to arms! to arms!
The foe advance in fierce array!
The vision’s past—I feel that now,
For country I can only sigh.
Oh, mother dear, draw near to me:
Dear mother, I’ve come home to die.
Chorus.

Dear mother, sister, brother, all,
One parting kiss—to all good-by:
Weep not, but clasp your hand in mine,
And let me like a soldier die!
I’ve met the foe upon the field,
Where hosts contending scorned to fly;
I fought for right—God bless you all—
Dear mother, I’ve come home to die.
Chorus.