The Old Churchyard
The original song was played in G minor, but that may be too high for some singers, so I transposed it down to a manageable pitch. Dm A# F C 1st Verse: Come, come with me out to the old churchyard, Dm A# Gm Dm I so well know those paths 'neath the soft green sward. Dm A# F C Friends slumber in there that we want to regard; Dm A# C Dm We will trace out their names in the old churchyard. F Mourn not for them, their trials are o'er Dm A# F And why weep for those who will weep no more? Dm A# F C For sweet is their sleep, though cold and hard Dm A# C Dm Their pillows may be in the old churchyard. Dm A# F C 2nd Verse: I know that it's vain when our friends depart Dm A# Gm Dm To breathe kind words to a broken heart; Dm A# F C And I know that the joy of life is marred Dm A# C Dm When we follow lost friends to the old churchyard. F But were I at rest 'neath yonder tree, Dm A# F Oh, why would you weep, my friends, for me? Dm A# F C I'm so weary, so wayworn, why would you retard Dm A# C Dm The peace I seek in the old churchyard? Dm A# F C 3rd Verse: Why weep for me, for I'm anxious to go Dm A# Gm Dm To that haven of rest where no tears ever flow; Dm A# F C And I fear not to enter that dark lonely tomb Dm A# C Dm Where our Saviour has lain and conquered the gloom. F I rest in the hope that one bright day Dm A# F Sunshine will burst to these prisons of clay, Dm A# F C And old Gabriel's trumpet and voice of the Lord Dm A# C Dm Will wake up the dead in the old churchyard.