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First Line: Oh! Come, come with me, to the old kirk yard
Last Line: The rest that I seek in the old kirk yard?
Alternate Author Name(s): Bayly, Nathaniel Thomas Haynes
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


OH! come, come with me, to the old kirk yard,
I well know the path through the soft green sward
Friends slumber there we were wont to regard,
We'll trace out their names in the old kirk yard.
Oh! mourn not for them, their grief is o'er,
Oh! weep not for them, they weep no more,
For deep is their sleep, though cold and hard
Their pillow may be in the old kirk yard.

I know it is in vain, when friends depart,
To breathe kind words to a broken heart;
I know that the joy of life seems marr'd
When we follow them home to the old kirk yard.
But were I at rest beneath yon tree,
Why shouldst thou weep, dear love, for me;
I'm wayworn and sad, ah! why then retard
The rest that I seek in the old kirk yard?





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