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GUEST,Ana Background: StephenFoster's 'Hard Times' (66* d) RE: Background: StephenFoster's 'Hard Times' 16 Nov 10

Ironically I was reading an immigrant ship journal today, dated 1863 (UK - NZ), which included this reference (shows the song was popular in the UK in the early 60s):

"We have now been two months or eight weeks out of sight of land; and as I tread the deck of our lonely bark, how often the words of the song occur to me.

        While the waves are round me breaking,
        As I pace the deck alone,
        And my eye is vainly seeking,
        Some green leaf to rest upon,
        What would I not give to wander,
        Where my old companions dwell.
        Absence makes the heart grow fonder,
Verily I may sing with a vengeance, for I have good cause 'Hard times come again no more'."

Isle of Beauty, Fare-thee-well (click)

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