Words by Geo. R. Sims; Music by Ivan Caryll.
London: Hopwood & Crew, c. 1875.
From Uncle Tom's Cabin, Musical Tableaux Vivants,
Performed by the Moore & Burgess Minstrels.
Clifton Waller Barrett Collection
University of Virginia
Bear her gently hence, ye spirits,
Tenderly your burden bear;
Earth's dark shadows fade and vanish,
Angels' voices fill the air.
Ended now the pain and sorrow,
Joy and love and peace begin;
Softly through the shining portals
Bear we our sweet burden in.
While robed angels haste to meet her,
Angels' faces, welcome her,
As through Heaven's shining portals
Bear we our sweet burden in,
Our sweet burden in.