collected by Brenda Jo Upton
sung by Mrs. Montie Martin Jasper, Arkansas April 24, 1962
Reel 401 Item 1
THE BLIND GIRL
They say dear father that tonight You'll wed another bride,
That you will clasp her in your arms Where my dear mother died.
They say her name is Mary too The name my mother wore,
But father is she kind and true Like her you loved before.
And is her step so soft and low Her voice so sweet and mild And do you think that she will love Your blind and helpless child.
Please father do not bid me come To meet your new wed bride.
I cannot meet her in the room Where my dear mother died.
Her pictures hang upon the wall.
Her books are lying there.
And there's the harp her fingers touched There sets the vacant chair.
The chair where by her side I've knelt To say my evenings prayer.
Dear father it would break my heart,
I cannot meet her thereTHE BLIND GIRL, page 2 sung by Mrs. Montie Martin
Reel 401; Item 1
Now let me kneel down by your side And to our savior pray,
That God's right hand will lead you through Life's dark and dreary way.
Their prayers were murmured soft and low, I'm weary now, she said.
Her father caught her in his arms, and laid her on the bed.
Just as he turned to leave the room One joyful cry was given.
He turned and caught the last sweet smile, His blind child was in heaven.
They laid her by her mother's side and raised a marble fair.
And there engroned these simple words, "There'll be no blind ones there".
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