God Will Care for Mother Now
Published and sung by JAMES D GAY, of Philadelphia,the celebrated Army Song Publisher, formerly a member of the Ringgold Artillery of Reading, pa.; the man that carried the first soldier’s mail, from Washington to Pennsylvania, April 19, 1861, and who was chased by the rebels over the Baltimore Pike the next morn- ing. He also watched Gen. Lee, with a telescope, for three hours, May 15,1861, and gave the information to the War Department which prevented the rebels from taking possession of Arlington Heights, and, throwing up earthworks near the Aqueduct Bridge that night, caused them to leave on a double-quick. Full particulars on record at the War Office.
God Will Care for Mother Now.
Death has crept upon your pathway,
Hope of life has almost gone,
Yet, my comrade, in your anguish,
There’s a friend excelled by none.
He that is the god of battle,
Looks upon your anxious brow,
He will comfort her in sorrow—
He will care for mother now.
Do not grieve for her, my brother,
Though the ties that bind are sweet,
Look to Jesus—he has promised
That in heaven we all may meet.
For your country’s weal you’ve battled,
To your friends you e’er was dear,
War’s fierce din has raged around you,
Ne’er grim death to make you fear.
Let this cheer you while you’re dying,
That you’ve done your duty hear,
Christ has promised to reward you,
And you’ll meet your mother there.
Good-bye comrade! God be with you,
We must leave you, so farewell,
And in heaven we’ll hone a meeting,
Ne’er to hear a parting knell.
Ah! his pulse has ceased its beating.
Soon the spark of life has fled,
Nineteen the years of earthly trials—
Now one of the soldier dead!
Rest from cares of home or battle,
Mother, sister, country, friend,
Till one last, one heavenly greeting,
When before God’s throne we bend.