When This Cruel War Is Over

Civil War Songs / Songs of the Civil War


Dearest Love, do you remember?


When we last did meet?


How you told me that you loved me kneeling at my feet.


How proud you stood before me in your suit of blue [grey]


When you vowed to me and country ever to be true? [nevermore to stray]


Weeping, sad and lonely, hopes and fears, how vain!


When this cruel war is over praying then to meet again.


When the summer breeze is sighing, mournfully along,


Or when autumn leaves are falling, sadly breathes this song.


Oft in dreams I see thee lying on the battle plain,


Lonely, wounded, even dying, calling out in vain.


Weeping, sad and lonely, hopes and fears, how vain!


When this cruel war is over praying then to meet again.


If amid the din of battle, nobly you should fall,


Far away from those who love you, none to hear you call


Who would whisper words of comfort, who would soothe your pain?


Ah! The many cruel fancies, ever in my brain.


Weeping, sad and lonely, hopes and fears, how vain!


When this cruel war is over praying then to meet again.


But our Country called you, Darling, angels cheer your way;


While our nation's sons are fighting, we can only pray.


Nobly strike for God and Liberty, let all nations see,


How we loved our starry banner, emblem of the free.


Weeping, sad and lonely, hopes and fears, how vain!


When this cruel war is over praying then to meet again.

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