Home, sweet home (Henry Rowley Bishop)

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  • (Posted 2010-04-18)  CPDL #21464:          (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Ashley Etzkorn (submitted 2010-04-18).   Score information: 19 x 26 cm, 1 page, 139 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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  • (Posted 2004-04-08)  CPDL #06914:  Network.png
Editor: Stan Sanderson (submitted 2004-04-08).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Home, Sweet Home
Composer: Henry Rowley Bishop
Lyricist: John Howard Payne

Number of voices: 1v   Voicings: Unison or Soprano solo
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1917
Description: John Howard Payne, an American who spent most of his life as a wanderer over Europe, with no settled home, became famous as the author of this well known song. The music itself was composed by Henry R. Bishop.

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Original text and translations

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'Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble there's no place like home.
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there,
Which, seek thro' the world is ne'er met with elsewhere.

Home, Home, Home sweet home.
There's no place like home,
Oh, there's no place like home.

I gaze on the moon as I tread the drear wild,
And feel that my mother now thinks of her child.
As she looks on that moon from our own cottage door,
Thro' the woodbine whose fragrance shall cheer me no more.

Home, Home…

An exile from home, splendor dazzles in vain,
Oh give me my lowly thatch'd cottage again.
The birds singing gaily that came at my call,
Give me them and that peace of mind dearer than all.