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Thread #4006   Message #2752618
Posted By: Fergie
25-Oct-09 - 06:30 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Kiss the Children for Me, Mary (MacColl)
Subject: Lyr Add: KISS THE LITTLE ONES FOR ME
Hi all

Frank Harte has a lovely version of Kiss the Children for Me, Mary on his posthumously released CD: 'There's Gangs Of Them Digging', Well worth the listen!

I was browsing in The Bodleian Online Library when I came across some lyrics that strongly put me in mind of this song, I'd like to read your observations

KISS THE LITTLE ONES FOR ME.
(Music published by Francis Bros. and Day,
351 Oxford Street.)

Far from home and loving faces,
Sad the soldier keeps his post;
In the bright watch-fire he traces
Forms of those who love him most
Winds! oh, bear in accents tender,
Far away across the sea,
This, the message he would send her,
"Kiss the little ones for me."

Chorus
"Oh, ye zephyrs, softly bear it;
Gently waft it or'er the sea.
It will comfort her to hear it-
Kiss the little ones for me."

Heeds he not the coming morrow
Brings the hot and vengeful foe;
He would trace no lines of sorrow
In the embers cheerful glow.
"Dancing flames! oh, lights beguiling
See my darlings in their glee.
Oh, 'twas Heaven sent them smiling.
Kiss the little ones for me."

Chorus
"Oh, ye zephyrs, softly bear it;
Gently waft it or'er the sea.
It will comfort her to hear it-
Kiss the little ones for me."

If, perchance, the soldier ponders,
"Some stray shot might lay me low,
Then, from out the battle's thunders,
Let my dying accents go.
Whisper winds, and say I bless'd them.
Let my last fond message be,
That in fancy I caress'd them:
Kiss the little ones for me."

Chorus
"Oh, ye zephyrs, softly bear it;
Gently waft it or'er the sea.
It will comfort her to hear it-
Kiss the little ones for me."

Sheet Title: Miss Victor's Songs
Printer: March, R. and Co. (London)
Date: between 1877 and 1884

Here is a link to the balladsheet, the song is on page 2
Miss Victor's Songs

Fergus