Henry Clay Work
Henry Clay Work was an American composer and songwriter.
He was born in Middletown, Connecticut, to Alanson and Amelia (Forbes) Work. His father opposed slavery, and Work was himself an active abolitionist and Union supporter. His family's home became a stop on the Underground Railroad, assisting runaway slaves to freedom in Canada, for which his father was once imprisoned.
Work was self taught in music. By the time he was 23, he worked as a printer in Chicago, specializing in setting musical type. He allegedly composed in his head as he worked, without a piano, using the noise of the machinery as an inspiration. His first published song was ... more »
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Henry Clay Work Poems
Come Home, Father!
'Tis The SONG OF LITTLE MARY, Standing at the bar-room door While the shameful midnight revel
My grand-father's clock was too large for the shelf, So it stood ninety years on the floor; It was taller by half than the old man himself, Though it weighed not a penny weight more.
Grandmother Told Me So
The declaration has been spoken, For Grandmother told me so. The darkeys have got their fetlocks broken, For Grandmother told me so.
The Days When We Were Young
Sister! Sister! don't you remember The days when we were young? The long, long days, with a light and a shade Like the pearls of a necklace strung,
Brave Boys Are They!
Heavily falls the rain; Wild are the breezes tonight; But 'neath the roof, the hours as they fly, Are happy and calm and bright.
Nicodemus, the slave was of African birth, And was bought for a bagful of gold; He was reckon'd as part of the salt of the earth, But he died years ago, very old.
Farewell, My Loved One!
Round me now, beneath the weeping willow, Night's refreshing breezes blow; Anguish drove me from a sleepless pillow Hours and hours ago.
Come, Pretty School-Girl!
On this rolling planet ever have you seen A home so like a palace waiting for its queen? -- A dwelling place so fair, So fill'd with treasures rare,
Babylon Is Fallen!
Don't you see de black clouds Risin' ober yonder, Whar de Massa's old plantation am? Neber you be frightened,
Grafted Into the Army
Our Jimmy has gone for to live in a tent, they have grafted him into the Army, he finally puckered up courage and went, when they grafted him into the Army.
Sleeping for the Flag
When our boys come home in triumph, brother, With the laurels they shall gain; When we go to give them welcome, brother, We shall look for you in vain.
We Are Coming, Sister Mary
On a stormy night in winter, When the winds blew cold and wet, I heard some strains of music That I never can forget.
Come Back to the Farm!
Brother, come back! come back! Dear brother, what can be the charm, That holds you so strong -- that keeps you so long Away from your father's able farm?
Mine heart ish proken into little pits, I tells you, friend, what for; Mine schweetheart, von coot patriotic kirl, She trives me off mit der war.
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Come Home, Father!
SONG OF LITTLE MARY,
Standing at the bar-room door
While the shameful midnight revel
Rages wildly as before.
Father, dear father, come home with me now!
The clock in the steeple strikes one;
You said you were coming right home from the shop,
As soon as your day's work was done.
Our fire has gone out our house is all dark
And mother's been watching since tea, --
With poor brother Benny so sick in her arms,
And no one to help her but me. --
Come home! come home! come home! --
Please, father, dear father, come home. --
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