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The Riverside song book/The Open Window

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Alfred Scott Gatty.

Andante con molto espressione.

1. The old house by the lin - dens Stood

2. The large New - found-land house-dog Was

3. The birds sang in the branch-es With

si - lent in the shade, And on the grav - elled

stand-ing by the door; He looked for his lit - tle

sweet, fa - mil - iar tone; But the voi - ces of the

path - way The light and shad - ow played. I

play - mates, Who would re - turn no more. They

chil - dren Will be heard in dreams a - lone! And the

saw the nur - s'ry win-dows Wide o - pen to the air, But the

walked not un - der the lin -dens, They played not in the hall; But

boy that walked be - side me. He could not un-der - stand Why

piu lento.

fa - ces of the chil - dren, They were no long - er there,

shad- ow, and si-lence, and sad - ness Were hang- ing o - ver all.

clos-er in mine, ah! clos - er, I press'd his warm, soft hand!

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.