Bingen on the Rhine

DESCRIPTION: "A solider of the legion lay dying in Algiers, There was lack of woman's nursing, there was dearth of woman's tears." The soldier asks that messages be taken home, "For I was born at Bingen, at Bingen on the Rine." He recalls his history and died
AUTHOR: Words: Caroline Norton
EARLIEST DATE: 1847 (broadside cited by Jim Dixon)
KEYWORDS: death soldier farewell
REFERENCES (1 citation):
AbrahamsRiddle, pp. 72-74, "A Soldier of the Legion" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #3517
Bodleian, Harding B 20(48), "Ehren on the Rhine," J. Harkness (Preston), 1840-1866; also Johnson Ballads 2469, "Ehren on the Rhine," unknown, n.d.
NLScotland, L.C.1269(174)a, "Bingen on the Rhine" ("A soldier if the Legion lay dying in Algiers"), Poet's Box (location obliterated), 1867

NOTES [31 words]: Although most versions of this stick close to the original text, it seems to have been set to music many times. Perhaps someone should undertake a history of the music to this piece. - RBW
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