My Own Dear Home
DESCRIPTION: The singer thinks in turn of his childhood home, his longing for home when among strangers, his current happy home, and his home after death.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1842 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3571))
LONG DESCRIPTION: The singer thinks "with pleasure on my first dear home." After leaving his childhood home, being among strangers, "thou would'st say to thyself, what induced me to roam?" Then he thinks of his current home, cherishing wife and children, and the comfort of returning there after a day of work. Then, after his death, "his wife and his children in sorrow will roam To see him conveyed to his last sad home"
KEYWORDS: homesickness marriage home rambling nonballad children family wife
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Williams-Thames, pp. 240-241, "My Own Dear Home" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 212)
Bodleian, Harding B 11(3571), "My Own Dearest Home" ("Wherever I wander, wherever I stray") , T. Birt (London), 1833-1841; also Harding B 11(2578), Firth b.27(219), "My Own Dearest Home"; Harding B 16(233a), Firth b.25(383), "My Own Dearst Home"; Johnson Ballads fol. 371 View 1 of 2, Harding B 20(115), 2806 c.16(185), Johnson Ballads fol. 114, Harding B 20(121), "My Own Dear Home"
cf. "Hellen the Fair" (tune, per Bodleian Harding B 16(233a))
cf. "Dog Tray" (tune, per Bodleian 2806 c.16(185))
NOTES: Wiltshire-WSRO adds a verse to the Williams-Thames text: "The man that is blest with a wife in affliction, He would find a nurse that is tender and kind ...."; see, for example, verse three of broadside Bodleian Harding B 11(3571). - BS
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