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dc.description"The Sailor Brides Lament" & "The Secret" - handwritten
dc.formatPDF, 600dpi
dc.relationLove Family Letters (MS 001)
dc.rightsPrior written permission from TCU Special Collections required to use any photograph.
dc.sourceBox 001, Unnumbered
dc.subjectCivil War
dc.title.alternativeThe Sailor Brides Lament
dc.title.alternativeThe Secret
dc.description.transcription(Three pages, front and back, one sheet.) The Sailor Brides Lament It was early spring, the year was young, The flowers bloomed, & the birds they sung. But not a bird was happier than I, For my love the sailor boy was night. ‘Tis just three months since we were wed And oh! how swift the moments sped, But we must part at the dawning of the day For the proud ship bears my love away. The twinkling stars are shining still, The moon pops round o’er the eastern hill, The sailor boy and his young bride Are weeping by the ocean side. Two years are gone, he comes no more, To visit his bride on the lonely shore. The ship went down in the howling of the storm, And the blue waves roll o’er his manly form. (Page 2) I wish that I was sleeping too, ‘Neath the deep deep sea and the ocean blue My soul to my God. My body to the sea And the blue waves rolling over me. The Secret I’ve something sweet to tell you But the secret you must keep. And remember if it is not right, That I’m talking in my sleep. For I know I am but dreaming When I think your love is mine, And I know they are but seeming Are the hope that round me shine. Then remember when I tell you What I can no longer keep, That we’re none of us responsible For what we say in sleep. My pretty secret is coming Oh! listen with your heart And you shall hear it humming So close it will make you start. Then shut your eyes […] earnest, Or mine will wildly weep. I love you. I adore you But I’m talking in my sleep. For I know I am but dreaming When I think your love is mine And I know they are but seeming, All the hopes that round me shine.”

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  • Love Family Letters [84]
    The Love brothers - Cyrus, Samuel, James and John - fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The collection contains letters written by the family during the war.

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