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The Riverside Literature Series


THE RIVERSIDE SONG BOOK

CONTAINING CLASSIC AMERICAN POEMS
SET TO STANDARD MUSIC

SELECTED AND ARRANGED BY

W. M. LAWRENCE

PRINCIPAL OF THE MARK SHERIDAN SCHOOL, CHICAGO

AND

O. BLACKMAN

SUPERVISOR OF VOCAL MUSIC IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF CHICAGO


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HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY

BOSTON: 4 PARK STREET; NEW YORK: 11 EAST 17TH STREET

CHICAGO: 28 LAKESIDE BUILDING

The Riverside Press, Cambridge


Copyright, 1893,

By W. M. LAWRENCE and O. BLACKMAN.

All rights reserved.


The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.

Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton & Company.


PREFACE.



This collection has been prepared mainly for use in schools. Believing that in the preparation of school song books too little attention has been paid to the character of the words sung, we have made our selections for the most part from the writings of American poets of high standing. With these before us, we have sought for music of an equally high order with which to wed the words, and where we have introduced old and familiar songs, we have edited the music with care. In nearly all the part songs, the melody can be sung alone with good effect. We desire to acknowledge our special indebtedness to Professor C. E. R. Mueller for valuable aid rendered in the work of musical revision.

The several indexes with which the book is provided record the contents, and show the origin of the words and the music. By means of the Topical Index, the teacher may readily discover the adaptability of the book to those special occasions, like national holidays and birthday celebrations, which form an important element in school life.

We submit the result of our work to teachers and superintendents, with the hope that it may strengthen in our schools that spirit of loyalty to American ideals already nobly expressed in American poetry.

W. M. LAWRENCE.
O. BLACKMAN.


TABLE OF CONTENTS.


Title of Song.

Author of Words.

Composer, or Source, of Music.

My Country, ’t is of Thee

First sung at a Sunday-School celebration in the Park Street Church, Boston, July 4, 1832.

Samuel Francis Smith
  1808-

Unknown 1
Air: God Save the King, the English national anthem.

The Flower of Liberty

Oliver Wendell Holmes
  1809-

Carl Wilhelm 2, 3
  1815-1875.
 Air:Die Wacht am Rhein.

True Freedom
From Stanzas on Freedom.

James Russell Lowell
  1819-1891.

Friedrich Silcher 4
  1789-1860.

Our Country’s Call

This poem aroused great enthusiasm during the dark days of the Civil War.

William Cullen Bryant
  1794-1878.

Unknown 5

Air: Der Tannenbaum. The well-known songs, Lauriger Horatius and Maryland, my Maryland, are sung to this same air.

Sail on, O Ship of State!

From The Building of the Ship.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

German air 6, 7

The Poor Voter on Election Day

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

German air 7, 8

Concord Hymn

Sung at the completion of the Battle Monument, April 19, 1836.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1803-1882.

Ludwig van Beethoven 9
  1770-1827.

The Falcon

James Russell Lowell
  1819-1891.

Friedrich Silcher 10
  1789-1860.

Old Ironsides

Written when it was proposed to break up the U. S. Frigate Constitution, called Old Ironsides, as unfit for service. This appeal was greatly instrumental in saving the ship, which is still in existence.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
  1809-

Unknown 11
 Air: Andreas Hofer.

Hail, Columbia!

Written in 1798 when a war with France was thought to be inevitable.

Joseph Hopkinson
  1770-1842.

Phyla 12, 13

The music of this song, called The President’s March, written by a Philadelphia musician, Professor Phyla, was first played when Washington came to New York in 1789 to be inaugurated.

The Star-Spangled Banner

Written during the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British in 1814, under the title The Defence of Fort McHenry. It was set to a popular song, Adams and Liberty.

Francis Scott Key
  1779-1843.

Samuel Arnold 14, 15
  1740-1802.

Air: Anacreon in Heaven, an old English hunting song.

The Red, White, and Blue
 (Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.)

The editors have taken several liberties with this song, the chief of these being the use of the more appropriate title, The Red, White, and Blue, and the insertion in the third stanza of the name with which our veteran soldiers fondly greet the national banner. Old Glory. In singing the last stanza the Salute to the Flag can be given with good effect.

David T. Shaw

David T. Shaw 16, 17

Oliver Wendell Holmes
  1809-

Unknown 18, 19, 20
 Air: Yankee Doodle.

A Song of the Flag

M. Woolsey Stryher

Unknown 20
 Air: Yankee Doodle.

Ode for Washington’s Birthday

Written for the celebration of the Mercantile Library Association, in Boston, February 22, 1856.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
  1809-

Ludwig van Beethoven 21
 1770-1827.

From the choral setting of Schiller’s Hymn of Joy at the close of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

The Sword of Bunker Hill

William Ross Wallace
  1819-1881.

Bernard Covert 22, 23

Song of the Negro Boatman

From the poem At Port Royal.

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

Wenzel Müller 24, 25   1767-1835.

Hymn sung at St. Helena’s Island, S. C.

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

Albert Gottlieb Methfessel 26   1785-1869.

Where the Eagle is King

Thomas Buchanan Read
  1822-1872.

William F. Hartley 27, 28, 29

Now

Philip Paul Bliss
  1838-1876.

Philip Paul Bliss 30, 31

Laus Deo!

Written on hearing the bells ring on the passage of the constitutional amendment abolishing slavery.

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

Jonathan Battishill 32
  1738-1801.

Swanee River

This song, Old Folks at Home, one of the best known ever written, is one of Foster’s famous Plantation Melodies.

Stephen Collins Foster
  1826-1864.

Stephen Collins Foster 33

Ready

Phoebe Cary
  1824-1871.

Unknown 34, 35

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Written in Washington during the Civil War, where the author had listened for hours to the tramp of marching troops going to the front.

Julia Ward Howe
  1819-

Unknown 36, 37
Air: John Brown's Body.

The melody was first known to be used in a negro Presbyterian church in Charleston, S. C, in 1859. Soon after it was used in the North with the words, "Say, brothers, will you meet us?" During the Civil War this song became very popular with the soldiers and the people.

The Sweet Little Man

Dedicated to the Stay-at-Home Rangers.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
  1809-

Scotch Air 38, 39  Air: Bonnie Dundee.

Our Country

From the poem read at a celebration on July 4, 1883.

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 40, 41
 1809-1847.

Tenting on the Old Camp-Ground

Written while the author was preparing to go to the front as a soldier.

Walter Kittredge
  1832-

Walter Kittredge 42, 43

Decoration Day

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

Johann Aegidius Geyer 43

The Flag

James Riley

L. V. H. Crosby 44

Air: Dearest Mae. Also, It was my Last Cigar.

Centennial Hymn

Written for the Centennial Exposition held in Philadelphia, 1876.

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

John Knowles Paine 45
 1839-

O Captain! My Captain!

Written shortly after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, April 14, 1865.

Walt Whitman
  1819-1892.

C. M. Wyman 46, 47

Columbus

Joaquin [Cincinnatus Hiner] Miller
  1841-

Arr. from the German 47, 48

Under the Trees

Richard Henry Stoddard
  1825-

U. Munjinger 49

The Fishermen

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

Christian Gottlob Neefe 50
  1748-1798.

The Storm Song

Bayard Taylor
  1825-1878.

Christoph Willibald Gluck 51, 52
  1714-1787.

The Voyagers

Bayard Taylor
  1825-1878.

Friedrich Silcher 53
  1789-1860.

Air: Die Lorelei.

The Hunter’s Serenade

William Cullen Bryant
  1794-1878.

German air 54, 55

Wind and Sea

Bayard Taylor
  1825-1878.

Johann Abraham Peter Schulz 56, 57
  1747-1800.

A Life on the Ocean Wave

Suggested by a morning walk on the Battery in New York, and the sight of ships and small craft under full sail.

Epes Sargent
  1813-1880.

Henry Russell 58
  1810-

For an Autumn Festival

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

Johann André 59
  1741-1799.

The Corn Song

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

German air 60, 61

The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe
  1809-1849.

61

Home, Sweet Home

First sung in an opera written by Sir Henry Bishop, produced in Covent Garden Theatre, London, in 1823. The author, who was all his life a wanderer, has been called "the homeless bard of home."

John Howard Payne
  1792-1852.

Sicilian air 62

Home Again

Marshall S. Pike
  

Marshall S. Pike 63

Around the Hearth

George Howland
  1824-1892.

Scotch air 64
 Air :Auld Lang Syne.

If I were a Sunbeam

Lucy Larcom
  1826-1893.

German air 65

A Midsummer Song

Richard Watson Gilder
  1844-

Franz Abt 66, 67
  1819-1885.

God Speed the Right

William E. Hickson

German air 67

Rain on the Roof

Coates Kinney
  1826-

Johann Gottlieb Naumann 68
  1741-1801.

Woodman, Spare that Tree

The author heard a friend make an appeal voicing the sentiment of the song. On payment of ten dollars the woodman signed a bond to spare the tree.

George Pope Morris
  1802-1864.

Johann Adam Hiller 69
  1728-1804.

The Old Oaken Bucket

The well is still standing in Scituate, Mass., the birthplace of the author.

Samuel Woodworth
  1785-1842.

G. Kiallmark 70
  1781-
 Air :Araby’s Daughter.

Speed Away!

The words of this song were based on the following statement current at the time the song was written, though it had probably little, if any, foundation in fact. "Among the superstitions of the Senecas is one which, for its singular beauty, is already well known. When a maiden dies, they imprison a young bird until it first begins to try its powers of song, and then loading it with kisses and caresses, they loose its bonds over her grave, in the belief that it will not fold its wings, nor close its eyes, until it has flown to the spirit land, and delivered its precious burden of affection to the loved and lost. 'It is not infrequent,' says the Indian historian, 'to see twenty or thirty birds loosened at once over one grave.' "

Isaac Baker Woodbury
  1819-1858.

Isaac Baker Woodbury 71

The Indian Girl’s Lament

William Cullen Bryant
  1794-1878.

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 72
  1809-1847.

Ye say they all have passed away

From the poem Indian Names.

Lydia Huntley Sigourney
  1791-1865.

Wellington Guernsey 73
  1817-1885.
 Air :I’ hang my harp on a willow tree.

My Mother’s Memory

John Boyle O’Reilly
  1844-1890.

Karl Gottfried Wilhelm Taubert 74
  1811-

The Death of Minnehaha

From The Song of Hiawatha.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

Charles Crozat Converse 75, 76, 77
  1834-

Child and Mother

Eugene Field
  1850-

Arr. from Voigtlaender 78, 79

Faithful

Phoebe Gary
  1824-1871.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 80, 81
  1756-1791.

The Captain’s Daughter

James Thomas Fields
  1817-1881.

Isaac Baker Woodbury 82, 83
  1819-1858.

The Little House on the Hill

Referring to the author's childhood home.

Alice Cary
  1820-1871.

Franz Peter Schubert 84
  1797-1828.

Curfew

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

Unknown 85

The Bridge

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

M. Lindsay 86,87,88,89

The Heritage

James Russell Lowell
  1819-1891.

Arr. from the German 90

Baby Charley

Sidney Lanier
  1842-1881.

Old college air 91

Will and I

Paul Hamilton Hayne
  1830-1886.

Unknown 92

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Eugene Field
  1850-

Giovanni Paisiello 93, 94, 95
  1741-1815.

The Proposal

Bayard Taylor
  1825-1878.

Christoph Willibald Gluck 96
  1714-1787.

May, the Maiden

Sidney Lanier
  1842-1881.

Joseph Barnby 97
  1838-

Air: Sweet and Low.

Idle

Alice Cary
  1820-1871.

Friedrich Ludwig Seidel 98, 99
  1765-1831,

She came and went

Written on the death of the author’s daughter.

James Russell Lowell
  1819-1891.

German air 100, 101

Stars of the Summer Night

From The Spanish Student.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

Isaac Baker Woodbury 101    1819-1858.

Near in the Forest

Bayard Taylor
  1825-1878.

Kreipel 102

In Absence

Phoebe Cary
  1824-1871.

Johann Michael Hayden 103
  1737-1806.

Ben Bolt

Written in 1842, at the request of N. P. Willis, and published in the New Mirror. Set to music it became one of the most popular songs ever written, as great a favorite in England as in America.

Thomas Dunn English
  1819-

Nelson Kneass 104, 105

W. G. Becker 111

The Katydid

Oliver Wendell Holmes
  1809-

Germair air 106, 107

A Dream of Summer

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892

Arr. from the German 108, 109

Thine Eyes still shined

Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1803-1882.

Konrain Kreutzer 109, 110
  1782-1849

The Fortune in the Daisy

Phoebe Cary
  1824-1871.

W. G. Becker 111

The Summers come and go

Bayard Taylor
  1825-1878

Johann Abraham Peter Schulz 112, 113
  1747-1800.

November

Alice Cary
  1820—1871.

Judson Hutchinson 113, 114

A member of the well-known Hutchinson Fam- ily of singers.

 Air: The Old Granite State.

Afternoon in February

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

John Hullah 115
  1812-1884.

The Humble-Bee

Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1803-1882.

Germair air 116, 117

Woodnotes

From the poem Woodnotes. This extract refers to Emerson's intimate friend, Henry D. Thoreau, the noted author and naturalist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1803-1882.

Wenzel Müller 117
  1767-1835.

The Fountain

James Russell Lowell
  1819-1891.

German air 118
 Air:Buy a Broom.

The Harp at Nature’s Advent strung

From The Tent on the Beach.

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892

German air 119

The Light that is felt

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892

Albert Gottlieb Methfessel 120, 121
  1785-1869.

Gone

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892

Theodore Stein 121

Don’t be sorrowful, Darling

Alice Cary
  1820-1871.

Joseph Philbrick Webster 122, 123, 124
  1820-1875.

Learn to live, and live to learn

Addressed to the author’s little daughter.

Bayard Taylor
  1825-1878.

English air 125
  

The Poet

Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1803-1882.

Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken 126,127
  1810-1882.

Baby’s Ring

Phoebe Cary
  1824-1871.

English air 128, 129

Alike are Life and Death

From the poem Charles Sumner.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

Johann Christian Heinrich 129
  1770-1846.

The Old Year and the New

John Godfrey Saxe
  1816-1887.

J. M.Sayles 130, 131

To Mother Fairie

Alice Cary
  1820-1871.

Unknown 132, 133, 134

Air:What’s a’ the steer, Kimmer.

There is no End for Souls like his

From the poem Charles Sumner.

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

Joseph B. Sharland 135

The Open Window

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

Alfred Scott Gatty 136, 137

My Psalm

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 138, 139
  1756-1791.

Nearer Home

Phoebe Cary
  1824-1871.

139

The Rainy Day

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

William Richardson Dempster 140, 141
  1809-1871.

Pleasure-Pain

William Dean Howells
  1837-

Halfdan Kjerulf 142, 143, 144
  1815-1868.

I know not what the Future hath

From The Eternal Goodness.

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

W. Irmer 144

To stay at Home is best

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

A. ten Cate 145

The Fatherland

James Russell Lowell
  1819-1891.

C. G. Bellman 146, 147
  

What the Chimney sang

Francis Bret Harte
  1837-

Edwin J. Hopkins 148, 149

A Schleswig-Holstein Battle Hymn.

Lord of All Being

From the poem A Sun-Day Hymn.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
  1809-

Francis Linley 149

Summer Studies

Harriet Beecher Stowe
  1812-

William H. Hutchinson 150, 151

Air :Dream Faces.

The Reaper and the Flowers

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

L. O. Emerson 151

Kriss Kringle

Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  1837-

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 152,153

Air:Drink to Me only with Thine Eyes. County Guy, a little song by Sir Walter Scott, is also sung to this air.

Long Time Ago

George Pope Morris
  1802-1864.

Charles Edward Horn 154

Originally a Southern negro glee beginning: "Way down in the raccoon hollow," and subdued by Horn’s genius to a sweet and plaintive song.

Kind Words can never die

Unknown
  

Edward E. Whittemore 155

Waldeinsamkeit (Forest Solitude)

Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1803-1882.

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 156, 157
  1809-1847.

Air:Farewell to the Forest.

Softly now the Light of Day

George Washington Doane
  1799-1859.

Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken 157
  1810-1882.

Nearer, my God, to Thee

Sarah Flower Adams
  1805-1848.

Lowell Mason 158
   1792-1872.

There is hovering about me

From the poem Intimations.

Alice Cary
  1820-1871.

Franz Abt 159, 160, 161
  1819-1885.

My Own shall come to me

John Burroughs
  1837-

E. W. Foster 162, 163, 164, 165

Angel of Peace

A Hymn of Peace sung at the National Peace Jubilee, in Boston, June 15, 1869.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
  1809-

Matthias Keller 166,167,168
  1813-

Air:American Hymn.

My Birthday

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

Johann Friedrich Reichardt 169
  1752-1814.

The Poet and the Children

Longfellow’s seventy-second birthday was widely celebrated by the school-children of America. His death occurred three years later.

John Greenleaf Whittier
  1807-1892.

Ferdinand Gumbert 170, 171
  1818-

A Psalm of Life

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1807-1882.

Henry Smart 172
  1813-1879.

Acknowledgment is due to the following publishers and authors for permission to use the poems contained in this volume, controlled or written by them:—

Messrs. D. Appleton & Co. W. C. Bryant.
Messrs. Charles Scribner’s Sons Sidney Lanier, R. H. Stoddard.
The Century Co. R. W. Gilder.
J. B. Lippincott Co. T. Buchanan Read.
Cassell Publishing Co. J. Boyle O’Reilly.
Eugene Field.
Joaquin Miller.

The music of the following songs is used by arrangement with The Oliver Ditson Co.: Keller’s American Hymn (Angel of Peace), Foster’s Old Folks at Home (Swanee River), Kittredge’s Tenting on the Old Camp-Ground, Webster’s Don’t be sorrowful, Darling, Emerson’s Reaper and the Flowers, Pike’s Home Again, Mason’s Nearer, my God, to Thee, Woodbury’s Stars of the Summer Night, and Paine’s Centennial Hymn.

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.