British Soldier (I), The (A British Soldier's Grave)
DESCRIPTION: "The war was all ended, And the stars were shining bright" as a soldier lies dying. He sends messages home, telling mother he has kept her gift and promising to meet in heaven. He bids his sister not to weep. He recalls home and the old beech tree
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (GreigDuncan1)
KEYWORDS: soldier death farewell mother sister war burial lover
FOUND IN: US(Ap) Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 171-172, "The British Soldier" (1 text)
GreigDuncan1 110, "The British Soldier's Grave" (2 texts, 1 tune)
DallasCruel, pp. 194-196, "A British Soldier's Grave" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bodleian, Johnson Ballads 2600, "A British Soldier's Grave" ("The battle it was over, the stars were shining bright"), unknown, no date; also Harding B 11(470), "A British Soldier's Grave"
cf. "The Dying British Sergeant" (subject)
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