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Thread #6045   Message #902829
Posted By: Burke
03-Mar-03 - 08:41 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Give Me the Roses While I Live
Subject: Lyr Add: GIVE ME THE ROSES WHILE I...(Rowe/Denson)
Here are some alternate words for v.1 & an additional verse from the Denson/1991 ed, of the Sacred Harp. I see the words are dated a bit earlier than the other sources as well.

Odem p.340
Tune: T. J. Denson, 1935
Lyrics: James Rowe, 1915

Wonderful things of men are said,
When they have passed away;
Flowers adorn the narrow bed
Over the lifeless clay.

Chorus:
Give me the roses while I live,
Something to cheer me on,
Useless the flowers you may give,
After the soul is gone.

Life is the time for words of praise,
Hands clasp with friendly smile,
Blessings to cheer a pilgrim's days,
Are always well worthwhile.

(Chorus)