Poor Orphan Child

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Cheyenne- guitar
Learned from a recording of Kate Peters Sturgill via Mike Seeger's collection


My feet they are sore and my limbs they are weary
Long is the way and the mountains are wide
Soon will a twilight close moonless and dreary
Over the path of the poor orphan child

Why did they send me so far and so lonely
Up where the moores spread and gray rocks are piled
Men are hard-hearted and kind angels only
Watched o’er the steps of the poor orphan child

Yet distant and soft the night breeze is blowing
Clouds there are none and stars gleam high
God in his mercy protection is showing
Comfort and hope to the poor orphan child

Even should I fall or the broken bridge passing
Or stray in the marshes, by false light beguiled
Still will my father with promise and blessing
Take to his bosom the poor orphan child

There is a thought that for strength avail me
Thou’ll both have shelter and kindred despair
Heaven is a home and rest will not fail me
God is a friend to the poor orphan child


from Wolvering, released June 16, 2015



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