Willie, We Have Missed You (Stephen Collins Foster) Oh! Willie, is it you, dear, Safe, safe at home? They did not tell me true, dear; They said you would not come. I heard you at the gate, And it made my heart rejoice; For I knew that welcome footstep And that dear, familiar voice, Making music on my ear In the lonely midnight gloom: Oh! Willie, we have missed you; Welcome, welcome home! We've longed to see you nightly, But this night of all; The fire was blazing brightly And lights were in the hall. The little ones were up Till 'twas ten o'-clock and past, Then their eyes began to twinkle, And they've gone to sleep at last; But they listened for your voice Till they thought you'd never come; Oh! Willie, we have missed you; Welcome, welcome home! The days were sad without you, The nights long and drear; My dreams have been about you; Oh! welcome, Willie dear! Last night I wept and watched By the moonlight's cheerless ray, Till I thought I heard your footstep, Then I wiped my tears away; But my heart grew sad again When I found you had not come; Oh! Willie, we have missed you; Welcome, welcome home! S. C. Foster, publ. 4. March 1854 RG APR99
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