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TALE THE CHURCH BELLS TOLLED, THE (Music: Egbert Van Alstyne / Lyrics: Harry Williams) Harry Macdonough - 1907 Frank Stanley - 1907 The choir was sweetly singing in the church across the way The scent of orange blossoms filled the air The bells were gaily ringing, 'twas a happy wedding day And all the world seemed free from pain and care A blushing maiden slender was to be his future mate His eyes were warm and tender as he whispered "Darling Kate" Kate smiled a smile of gladness, for perhaps she did not know Of a promise made and broken long ago While one bell was chiming Its sweet notes were rhyming A story of joy to impart The other was tolling Its sad notes unrolling The tale of a poor broken heart One told of a wedding The other was spreading the news Of a soul that had flown Two choirs were singing Two church bells were ringing And each told a tale of its own How often had he wandered with the other far away And how her little heart had throbbed with pride How often had they pondered o'er a future happy day When he would come and claim her for his bride How often did he hold her while the light was growing dim How often had he told her, she was just the girl for him And so she watched and waited for his coming o'er the lea Till the Master called and said, "Come unto me" While one bell was chiming Its sweet notes were rhyming A story of joy to impart The other was tolling Its sad notes unrolling The tale of a poor broken heart One told of a wedding The other was spreading the news Of a soul that had flown Two choirs were singing Two church bells were ringing And each told a tale of its own (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - September 2015)

    


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