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Lincoln's Farewell Address

This song is by Tex Ritter and appears on the album Sweet Land of Liberty (1967).

(By thy rivers gently flowing Illinois Illinois
For thy prairies, and growing Illinois Illinois)

Friends no one who has never been placed in a like position
Can understand my feeling at this hour
Nor the oppressive saddness I feel at this parting
For more than a quarter of a century I have lived among you
And during all that time I have received nothing but kindness at your hands
Here have I lived from my youth until now I am an old man
Here the most sacred ties of earth were assumed
Here all my children were born and here one of them lies buried
To you dear friends I owe all that I am today I leave you
I go to assume a task more difficult than that which devolved upon Washington
Unless the great God who assisted him shall be with me and aide me I must fail

But if the same omnipotence mind and almight arm that has directed and protected him
Shall guide me and support me I must not fail I shall suceede
Let us all pray that the God of our fathers may not forsake us now
To him I commend you all
Permit me to ask that with equal security and faith
You will invoke his wisdom and guidance for me
With these few words I must leave you for how long I know not
Friends one and all I must now bid you an affectionate farewell
(Illinois Illinois)

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