9347. My Mother's Face

1 On memory’s wall engraven stands
My mother’s precious face;
Time’s rude and ever busy hands
Naught from it can erase.

My mother’s face, her precious face,
In memory lives today;
Time’s hand some pictures may erase,
Her face ne’er fades away.

2 The clouds from sorrow’s dreary night
Oft o’er face would drift;
But faith, which shone so clear and bright,
Those sable clouds would lift. [Refrain]

3 I saw her face in death grow cold,
I saw it laid away;
But yet methinks I still behold,
That same sweet face today. [Refrain]

4 When in the haunts of sin I strayed,
Lo! mother’s face was there;
That look made gilded pleasures fade,
I sought the house of prayer. [Refrain]

5 Some day within yon gates of gold,
Thro’ grace my feet shall stand;
There mother’s face I will behold,
Amid the blood washed band. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: On memory’s wall engraven stands
Title: My Mother's Face
Author: Charles J. Butler (1894-97)
Refrain First Line: My mother’s face, her precious face
Meter: CMD
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: When a lad, just after the death of my mother, in company with some gay companions, I strayed into a gilded saloon; I had only been there a short time when I seemed to see the face of my mother, and the thought came to me, what would she think if she saw me there? I quickly resolved to leave the place, and soon found my way to the house of prayer, and I sought and found my mother’s God.
Tune Information
Composer: Charles J. Butler (1894)
Meter: CMD
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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