Songs, Merry and Sad

Author: John Charles McNeill


To you, dear mother heart, whose hair is gray
Above this page to-day,
Whose face, though lined with many a smile and care,
Grows year by year more fair,

Be tenderest tribute set in perfect rhyme,
That haply passing time
May cull and keep it for strange lips to pay
When we have gone our way;

And, to strange men, weary of field and street,
Should this, my song, seem sweet,
Yours be the joy, for all that made it so
You know, dear heart, you know.


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Chicago: John Charles McNeill, "Lines," Songs, Merry and Sad, ed. Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962- in Songs, Merry and Sad (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed October 4, 2023,

MLA: McNeill, John Charles. "Lines." Songs, Merry and Sad, edited by Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962-, in Songs, Merry and Sad, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 4 Oct. 2023.

Harvard: McNeill, JC, 'Lines' in Songs, Merry and Sad, ed. . cited in 1850, Songs, Merry and Sad, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 4 October 2023, from