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Monday, November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving, lets us also remember our many valiant Military soldiers who have lost their lives to save ours. Set for them,'The Vacant Chair' and for all our family and friends we have lost. ~ndpthepoetress

"As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches in the U.S., it is a time to remember family and friends that we have lost. The song posted at the link below is titled "The Vacant Chair", which sets a poem by Henry Stevenson Washburn. The poem was inspired by the death of Civil War soldier John William Grout at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, and the sorrow of his family, who set a vacant chair for him at their Thanksgiving table." -Performing Arts at the Library of Congress

Sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford

Lyrics
We shall meet, but we shall miss him
There will be one vacant chair
We shall linger to caress him
While we breathe our evening prayer;
When a year ago we gathered
Joy was in his mild blue eye,
But a golden chord is severed
And our hopes in ruin lie.
We shall meet, but we shall miss him
There will be one vacant chair
We shall linger to caress him
While we breathe our evening prayer.
At our fireside, sad and lonely,
Often will the bosom swell,
At remembrance of the story
How our noble Willie sell;
How he strove to bear our banner
Through the thickest of the fight,
And uphold our country's honor
In the strength of manhood's night.
We shall meet, but we shall miss him
There will be one vacant chair
We shall linger to caress him
While we breathe our evening prayer.
True, they tell us wreaths of glory
Ever more will deck his brow,
But this soothes the anguish only
Sweeping o'er our heartstrings now.
Sleep today, Oh early fallen,
In thy green and narrow bed,
Dirges from the pine and cypress,
Mingle with the tears we shed.
We shall meet, but we shall miss him
There will be one vacant chair
We shall linger to caress him
While we breathe our evening prayer.

Songwriters: GEORGE ROOT / H. WASHBURN
Vacant Chair lyrics © Edward B Marks Music Company