THE GOLDEN WEDDING
 
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This morning at breakfast I said to my wife
But one 'Golden Wedding' we see in a life
'Tis now fifty years since the clergyman said
In that clear ringing voice, 'With this ring I thee wed.'
'So it is, so it is,' said my dear old wife Jane
'Let us have our old wedding day over again.'
Off we went to the church with our cheeks all aglow
And the same love at heart as we had years ago.

Chorus: Oh, for the golden visions - oh! for the crimson glow
Oh, for the golden day-dreams, fifty years ago
Oh, for the fairy voices, and the songs they used to sing
Telling of heavenly joys, my boys, found in the golden ring.


The service was ended, we passed through the door
And into the buttercup meadow once more
I plucked Jane a bunch, and she asked for a pin
Which I gave, and she fastened them under her chin
We strolled by the stream, then our footsteps retraced
And my arm slyly stole round the old lady's waist
I gave her a squeeze, but she did not cry 'Oh'
As she did about two score and ten years ago.

Chorus: Oh, for the golden visions - oh! for the crimson glow
Oh, for the golden day-dreams, fifty years ago
Oh, for the fairy voices, and the songs they used to sing
Telling of heavenly joys, my boys, found in the golden ring.


We reached the old homestead, and the went inside
But no banquet awaited the bridegroom and bride
My thoughts wandered back to the hour of my joy
When I opened my arms for my dear baby boy
The happiest Heaven has promised to men
Cannot be compared to my happiness then
It seemed the whole world was without an alloy
I'd no eyes, I'd no thoughts that were not for my boy.

Chorus: Oh, for the golden visions - oh! for the crimson glow
Oh, for the golden day-dreams, fifty years ago
Oh, for the fairy voices, and the songs they used to sing
Telling of heavenly joys, my boys, found in the golden ring.
 
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Written and composed by Harry Adams & Charles Godfrey - 1886
Performed by Charles Godfrey (1851-1900)
 
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