If he would come today today today
Oh what a day today would be;
But now he’s away, miles and miles away
From me across the sea.
O little bird flying flying flying
To your nest in the warm west,
Tell him as you pass that I am dying,
As you pass home to your nest.
I have a sister, I have a brother,
A faithful hound, a tame white dove;
But I had another, once I had another,
And I miss him my love, my love.
In this weary world it is so cold so cold
While I sit here all alone
I would not like to wait and to grow old
But just to be dead and gone.
Make me fair when I lie dead on my bed,
Fair where I am lying;
Perhaps he may come back and look upon me dead
He for whom I am dying.
Dig my grave for two with a stone to show it
And on the stone write my name:
If he never comes I shall never know it
But sleep on all the same.