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Thread #38359   Message #538848
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
31-Aug-01 - 08:42 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
Subject: Lyr Add: FAREWELL TO THE MOUNTAINS (David Crockett
The URL is case-sensitive; this one should work:  www.talewins.com/Treasures/novels/Crockett/11.htm

Here is the full text:

FAREWELL TO THE MOUNTAINS

(David Crockett)

Farewell to the mountains whose mazes to me
Were more beautiful far than Eden could be;
No fruit was forbidden, but Nature had spread
Her bountiful board, and her children were fed.
The hills were our garners--our herds wildly grew
And Nature was shepherd and husbandman too.
I felt like a monarch, yet thought like a man,
As I thanked the Great Giver, and worshipped his plan.

The home I forsake where my offspring arose;
The graves I forsake where my children repose.
The home I redeemed from the savage and wild;
The home I have loved as a father his child;
The corn that I planted, the fields that I cleared,
The flocks that I raised, and the cabin I reared;
The wife of my bosom--Farewell to ye all!
In the land of the stranger I rise or I fall.

Farewell to my country! I fought for thee well,
When the savage rushed forth like the demons from hell
In peace or in war I have stood by thy side--
My country, for thee I have lived, would have died!
But I am cast off, my career now is run,
And I wander abroad like the prodigal son--
Where the wild savage roves, and the broad prairies spread,
The fallen--despised--will again go ahead.

From David Crockett, His Life and Adventures, John S. C. Abbott, 1874.  Crockett commented that his friend Peleg Longfellow had edited the verses for him, but he wasn't altogether happy with the result.  It doesn't look as if it was intended to be sung, but the form of it suggests that it would sing nicely to Farewell to Lochaber.