Book/Printed Material Be my mother till I die. By Elmer Ruan Coates. Sold by Johnson, No. 7 North Tenth Street, Phila

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Be My Mother TILL I DIE.

Be My Mother TILL I DIE.

Words and Melody by ELMER RUAN COATES.

Arranged for the Piano by SEPTIMUS WINNER.

The Music for this popular Song, is published by WINNER Co., No. 933 Spring Garden Street, below Tenth, Philadelphia.

(After the fight at Gettysburg, a young Union private of rare soul and abilities, mortally wounded, was taken to the house of a Union family. This family comprised three orphan sisters, of eighteen, thirty, and thirty-five. At their hands he received every attention, and found the comforts of a home. Three or four hours after being brought to this place, and having his wounds dressed by a surgeon, the ladies took their sewing, and sat near the bedside of their suffering guest. A few hours before death, the poor soldier, looking them in the face, with tenderest emotion, uttered the substance of the following beautiful ballad.)

Ladies, some one be my mother;
Then 'twill seem that I am home;
I'll imagine Im a brother,
Hearing each familiar tone;
But I want a mother near me,
With that heaven in her eye:
Ladies, some one be my mother,
Be my mother till I die.

Chorus. —Now I feel my wound is mortal,
Soon I'll breathe my parting sigh,
Ladies, some one be my mother,
Be my mother till I die.

Long before I was a soldier,
Long before I fought and bled,
In our cottage all the dear ones
Thus would gather round my bed.
Do not treat me as a stranger;
Let me feel a brother's tie:
One of you I want as mother,
Be my mother till I die.

Chorus. —Soon no wicked war will harm me;
Angels bringing peace are nigh:
Ladies, some one be my mother,
Be my mother till I die.

See Prof. Brooks' Ball Room Monitor, it will give you more Instruction in Dancing than any book ever Published. Sold by Johnson, No. 7 North Tenth Street, Phila. Price 15 cts

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Be my mother till I die. By Elmer Ruan Coates. Sold by Johnson, No. 7 North Tenth Street, Phila
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monographic.
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-  Music published by Winner & Co., Philadelphia.
-  In English. (language)
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print
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1 score
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Series 1 Volume 1
Language
English
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Song Sheet. print | 1 score | Music published by Winner & Co., Philadelphia. In English. (Language). Print (Form).
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