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Tender Mother's Grave (MacEdward Leach)

By the side of a clear, crystalline river,
As I knelt beside my dear old mother's side,
Gathering flowers all the days of my childhood,
From her all the sorrow that is made.

Shall I ever see you more, gentle mother,
In the fields where those wildflowers wave,
Where those golden ladders they are brightly shining,
In remembrance of a tender mother's grave?

All alone, without a sister or a brother,
And the one I dearly love I sadly miss;
She is gone and I'm sorry for her blindness,
She is gone to the dear land of the blessed.

Shall I ever see you more, gentle mother,
In the fields where those wildflowers wave,
Where those golden ladders they are brightly shining,
In remembrance of a tender mother's grave?

What's a mother to her children but all kindness?
In return caused your mother many's the pain;
For there's none in this wide world like your mother,
You shall never miss your mother till she's gone.

Shall I ever see you more, gentle mother,
In the fields where those wildflowers wave,
Where those golden ladders they are brightly shining,
In remembrance of a tender mother's grave?

####.... Variant of You Will Never Miss Your Mother Till She's Gone, composed, published, and copyright ©1912 by George H Diamond ....####

Collected in 1951 from Patrick M (Pat) Molloy [1896-?] of St Shott's, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Note: "Golden ladders" refers to a ladder to heaven (Jacob's Ladder) described in the Book of Genesis (28:11-19) which the biblical patriarch Jacob envisioned during his flight from his brother Esau:

"Jacob left Beersheba, and went toward Haran. And he came to the place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!"

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