GRANDFATHER’S CLOCK
 
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The grandfather clock was too large for the shelf
So it stood ninety years on the floor
It was taller by half than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more
It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born
And was always his treasure and his pride
But it stopped short, never to go again, when the old man died.

Chorus: Ninety years without slumbering
Tick-tock tick-tock
His life-seconds numbering
Tick-tock tick-tock
It stopped... short... never to go again
When the old man died.


In watching its pendulum swing to and fro
Many hours had he spent as a boy
And in childhood and manhood the clock seemed to know
And to share both his grief and his joy
For it struck twenty-four as he entered the door
With a blooming and beautiful bride
But it stopped short, never to go again, when the old man died.

Chorus:

My grandfather said that of these he could hire
Not a servant as faithful could be found
For it wasted no time, had but one desire
At the end of the week to be wound
And it kept in its place, not a frown upon its face
And its hands never hung by its side
But it stopped short, never to go again, when the old man died.

Chorus:

It rang an alarm in the dead of the night
An alarm that for years had been dumb
And we knew that his spirit was pluming for flight
That his hour of departure had come
Still the clock kept the time with a soft and muffled chime
As we silently stood by its side
But it stopped short, never to go again, when the old man died.

Chorus:
 
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Composed by Henry C. Work
 
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