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Thread #13562   Message #2462479
Posted By: Jim Dixon
10-Oct-08 - 04:54 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Row On [original versions]
Subject: Lyr Add: SONG: 'Row on, row on! Another day ...'
James, G. P. R. Arabella Stuart: A Romance from English History. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1844, page 103.

(Note: in the volume that Google digitized, there seem to be 3 novels bound together: 1. The False Heir. 2. Arabella Stuart. 3. Arrah Neil. The whole volume is incorrectly identified by Google as "Arrah Neil.")

I have boldfaced the words that are different from the version posted above.

Note that none of these stanzas is identified as a chorus. (I have added numbers.)


1. Row on, row on! Another day
May shine with brighter light;
Ply, ply the oars, and pull away,
Thou must not come to-night.

2. Clouds are upon the summer sky,
There's thunder on the wind;
Pull on, pull on, and homeward hie,
Nor give one look behind!

3. Bear where thou go'st the words of love;
Say all that words can say,
Changeless affection's strength to prove,
But speed upon the way.

4. Oh! like yon river could I glide
To where my heart would be;
My bark should soon outsail the tide,
That hurries to the sea.

5. But yet a star shines constant still
Through yonder cloudy sky,
And hopes as bright my bosom fill,
From faith that cannot die!

6. Row on, then, row! God speed thy way!
Thou must not linger here;
Storms hang about the closing day;
To-morrow may be clear.