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
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
AbrahamsRiddle, pp. 72-74, "A Soldier of the Legion" (1 text, 1 tune)
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.
NOTES: 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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