The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

Cat. #1205 (MFH #837) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on August 31, 1971

VERSE 1
How sweet an' happy seems
Those days of which I dream
When memory recalls 'em now an' then
An' with what rapture sweet
My weary heart would beat
If I could hear, my Mother, pray again

CHORUS:
If I could hear, my Mother pray again
If I could hear her tender voice as then
So glad I'd be, would mean so much to me
If I could hear my Mother pray again

VERSE 2
She used to pray that I
On Jesus would rely
An' always walk th shining gospel way
Trusting in His love
I'll seek that home above
For I chould meet my Mother some glad day

VERSE 3
Within th ole home place
Her face an' smilin' face
Was slways spreadin' comfort, hope an' cheer
An' when she used to sing
To her eternal King
It was th songs that angels loved to hear

VERSE 4
Her work on earth is done
Th life frame has been worn,
An' she is now at rest, with Him above
An' some glad mornin' she
I know will welcome me
To that eternal home of peace an' love

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