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Posted By: Nigel Parsons
27-Mar-02 - 05:10 AM
Thread Name: Origins: All Through The Night / Ar Hyd Y Nos
Subject: Lyr Add: ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT (Harold Boulton)
Having checked the database (thoroughly, I hope), this standard appears to be missing. Whilst it is not completely different from the others, the subject is. My copy is taken from the Oxford Song Book (published 1919) and is my preffered version.

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
(Harold Boulton 1859-1935)

Sleep, my love, and peace attend thee,
All through the night;
Guardian angels God will lend thee,
All through the night;
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and dale in slumber steeping,
Love alone his watch is keeping-
All through the night.

Though I roam a minstrel lonely,
All through the night,
My true harp shall praise thee only,
All through the night;
Love's young dream, alas, is over,
Yet my strains of love shall hover
Near the presence of my lover,
All through the night.

Hark! a solemn bell is ringing,
Clear through the night;
Thou, my love, art heavenward winging,
Home through the night;
Earthly dust from off thee shaken,
Soul immortal thou shalt waken,
With thy last dim journey taken
Home through the night.


Notes: unlike other versions, it should be noted that the last verse replaces the words "all through the night" on each occurrence. NP