CIVIL WAR SHEET MUSIC - “SONG OF A THOUSAND YEARS”

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Lyrics & music by Henry C. Work. Published by Root & Cady, Chicago, IL, 1863. 4 pp.,  measuring 13 x 10.25”, w/an utterly magnificent red, white & blue flag decorated cover. Music store address [“W.H. Boner & Co./ American & Foreign Music/ No. 102 Chestnut St. Phil.] stamped in lower margin.  Seven verses, & chorus [which is to be sung “With all the energy and spirit the singers possess”]. Exhibits one miniscule spot in lower left margin, else fine. 

1st Verse:

“Lift up your eyes, desponding freemen!

Fling to the winds your needless fears!

He who furl’d your beauteous banner,

says it shall wave a  thousand years!

 Chorus:

“A thousand years!” my own Columbia!

Tis the glad day so long foretold

Tis the glad morn whose early twilight

Washington saw in times of old.”

 Henry Clay Work was perhaps the most prolific and influential songwriters of the Civil War era. His work included “Kingdom Comin’” [Year of Jubilo], “Grafted into the Army”, “Marching Through Georgia”, and “Grandfather’s Clock”.  The bright flag cover of this piece makes it a superb H.C. Work collectible.

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