Canadian Singers and Their Songs/Lilian Leveridge


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LILIAN LEVERIDGE

AUTHOR OF "OVER THE HILLS OF HOME AND OTHER POEMS."

From "Over The Hills of Home"

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 Laddie! Laddie! Laddie! "Somewhere in France"
you sleep,
Somewhere 'neath alien flowers and alien
winds that weep.
Bravely you marched to battle, nobly
your life laid down.
You unto death were faithful, laddie,
yours is the victor's crown.

Laddie! Laddie! Laddie! How dim is the
sunshine grown,
As mother and I together speak softly
in tender tone!
And the lips that quiver and falter
have ever a single theme,
As we list for your dear, lost whistle,
laddie, over the hills of dream.

Laddie, beloved laddie! How soon should
we cease to weep
Could we glance through the golden gate-
way whose keys the angels keep!
Yet love, our love that is deathless, can
follow you where you roam,
Over the hills of God, laddie, the
beautiful hills of Home.

—Lilian Leveridge.