Sheet Music from May. 1, 1865

Lincoln's grave

  • Full Title

    Lincoln's grave

  • Description

    Song for high voice and piano that comments describes President Lincoln as a "martyr of freedom." Sheet music from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana, Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division. Associated with the Union side.

  • Transcription

    Verse 1
    Far out on the plains of the beautiful west,
    Whose glory and wonder Columbia adorn,
    The martyr of freedom in triumph shall rest,
    To bless all the living and all yet unborn;
    The hand that hath slain him, how vile, O how vile!
    To mar that fair visage so kind and so true!
    No more shall assail him whose heart knew no guile,
    But wither and perish a doom justly due.
    But wither and perish a doom justly due.

    Verse 2
    O shade of the blessed, a nation in tears,
    In sorrow and sadness its loss must deplore,
    The God who hath led thee will quell all our fears,
    His goodness that gave thee we still will adore;
    Sweet peace, gentle sleeper, thy spirit attend,
    While men, yes while angels thy praises shall sing,
    Against thy blest mem'ry O who dare offend!
    And not to its altar his best off'rings bring.

    Verse 3
    O spirit undying for death none the less,
    But like Him who died that the earth might rejoice,
    Thou risest victorious the nations to bless;
    The bondman's delivrer, America's choice,
    The hand that hath slain thee, how vile, O how vile!
    To mar thy fair visage, so kind and so true,
    No more shall assail thee whose heart knew no guile,
    But wither and perish a doom justly due.

  • Source

    Sheet Music from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

  • Rights

    Public Domain. Suggested credit line: Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana, Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

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  • Cite this Item

    Gougler, Isaiah W. (composer & lyricist). "Lincoln's grave". New York: Wm. A. Pond & Co., ca. 1865. Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed November 22, 2017. http://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/1034