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Ballad / poetry by W. Dexter Smith, Jr., music by J.W. Turner.
Boston: Oliver Ditson & co., c1865.

LYRICS
Lay Him to Rest.
Bear him gently to his rest,
Carefully his lov'd form taking
To the tomb of one so blest,
Nevermore on earth awaking!
Close the weary, mortal eyes
Ne'er again to see life's sadness,
They will ope on brighter skies,
Where shall dawn eternal gladness.

Chorus:
Bear him gently to his rest,
Carefully his lov'd form taking
To the tomb of one so blest,
Nevermore on earth awaking!

Bear him gently to his rest,
Free from griefs on land or billow,
Place sweet flowers on his breast,
Smoothe once more his earthly pillow;
Press your tears back to the heart,
Do not weep, nor sadness borrow,
He has acted well his part,
He has passed from mortal sorrow.

Bear him gently to his rest,
Lay him out of sight forever;
He is now among the blest.
Earth and spirit e'er must sever!
He can never more come back,
Never more can cross life's portal;
O'er death's dark and beaten track
He has passed to life immortal.

COLLECTION
Sheet Music from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana 

REPOSITORY
Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
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