Cover them Over with Beautiful Flowers

With uncovered head we are standing today

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [With uncovered head we are standing today]
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 With uncovered head we are standing today,
Where valor lies sleeping our tribute to pay,
At the shrine of these dear sainted heroes of ours,
And cover them over with beautiful flow'rs.

Chorus:
O cover them over these soldiers who sleep,
They'll not be forgotten, so why should we weep?
They saved as a unit this country of ours,
So cover them over with beautiful flow'rs.

2 When the trumpet first sounded their country's alarms,
They left their dear firesides and sprang to their arms,
They fought, bled, and died, to preserve freedom's bow'rs,
Now cover them over with beautiful flow'rs. [Chorus]

3 Sleep on honored dead, e'er remembered you'll be,
While zephyrs blow over the land of the free,
Loving hands will erect, to your memory tow'rs,
And cover you over with beautiful flow'rs. [Chorus]

4 Sleep, peacefully sleep in your dreams, never more
Will your rest be broken by nightmares of war,
Nor reveille call you at still morning hours,
Sleep on, covered over with beautiful flow'rs. [Chorus]

5 In Columbia's Pantheon, temple of fame,
Your deeds are recorded, immortal your name,
At recital of them base infamy cow'rs,
Now rest, covered over with beautiful flow'rs. [Chorus]

6 Rest on, undisturbed by the changes of time,
While fingers weave garlands, your shafts to entwine,
While your graves are refreshed by the God given show'rs,
Rest on, covered over with beautiful flow'rs. [Chorus]

Source: Light in the Valley: a new work of great merit for the Sunday school, revivals, Christian Endeavor, Epworth League, young people's society, and all forward movement along the line of battle... #172

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

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First Line: With uncovered head we are standing today
Title: Cover them Over with Beautiful Flowers
Author: Johnson Oatman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O cover them over these soldiers who sleep
Copyright: Public Domain

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