My Grandfather's Clock was too large for the shelf, - So it stood ninety years on the floor; It was taller by far than the old man himself, Though it weighed not a penny weight more. It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born, And was always his treasure and pride; But it stopped short - never to go again - When the old man died.
Chorus.-Ninety years without slumbering-tick, tick, tick, tick, His life-seconds numbering-tick, tick, tick, tick, 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 while 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 when he entered at the door. With a blooming and beautiful bride; But it stopped short - never to go again - When the old man died. Ninety years without slumbering, &c.
My grandfather said that of those he could hire, Not a servant so faithful he found; For it wasted no time, and had but one desire - At the close of each 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 stoped [sic] short - never to go again - When the old man died. Ninety years without slumbering, &c.
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 muffled chime, As we silently stood by his side; But it stopped short - never to go again - When the old man died. Ninety years without slumbering, &c.
Edward Rankle, Publisher, 365 Mulberry Street, Baltimore.
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