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    "Little Bessie" Lyrics

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    (Bill Emerson - Doyle Lawson - Charlie Waller)

    Hug me closer mother closer
    Put your arms around me tight
    For I'm cold and tired dear mother
    And I feel so strong tonight.

    Something hurts me here dear mother
    Like a stone upon my breast
    Oh, I wonder mother wonder what I did
    As I cannot rest.

    All the day while you were working
    As I lay upon my bed
    I was trying to be patient
    And to think of what you'd said.

    How the king dear blessed Jesus
    Loves his lambs to watch and keep
    Oh, I wish he'd come and take me
    In his arms that I might sleep.

    Just before the lamps were lighted
    Just before the children came
    While the room was very quiet
    I heard someone call my name.

    All at once a window opened
    On a field of lambs and sheep
    Some far out in a brook were drinking
    Some were lyin' fast asleep.

    In a moment I was looking
    On a world so bright and fair
    Which was filled with little children
    And they seemed so happy there.

    They were singing, oh, so sweetly
    Sweetest songs I ever heard
    They were singing sweeter mother
    Than our darling little birds.

    But I could not see the Saviour
    Though I strained my eyes to see
    Oh, I wonder if he saw me
    Would he speak to such as me.

    All at once a window opened
    One so bright upon me smiled
    And I knew it must be Jesus
    When he said come here my child.

    Come up here my little Bessie
    Come up here and live with me
    Where little children never suffer
    Suffer through eternity.

    Then I thought of all you told me
    Of that bright and happy land
    I was going when you called me
    When you came and kissed my hand.

    And at first I felt so sorry
    You had called I would go
    Oh, to sleep and never suffer mother
    Don't be crying so.

    Hug me closer mother closer
    Put your arms around me tight
    Oh, how much I love you mother
    And how strong I feel tonight.

    And her mother pressed her closer
    To her own dear burdened breast
    On the heart so near it's breaking
    Lay the heart so near it's rest.

    At the solemn hour of midnight
    In the darkness calm and deep
    Lying on her mother's bosom
    Little Bessie fell asleep...
    • submitted by GeeWhiz on August 1st, 2005

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