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The soldier's dream
Additional title: Afar from the hearthstone of kindred and lov'd ones. [first line of song]
Additional title: Come back from o'er the sea, a fond heart still is waiting. [first line of chorus]
Adams, A. Nelson (Composer)
Adams, A. Nelson (Lyricist)
Boxton, Charles (1860-1927) (Dedicatee)
Carmelo y Bauermann (Cover designer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place Term: Washington D.C.
Publisher: A. Nelson Adams
Library locations
Music Division
Dreaming -- 1800-1899
Soldiers -- United States -- 1800-1899
Man-woman relationships
Sheet music
Content : Cover design lithographed by Carmelo y Bauermann includes a scene at a military encampment, with a soldier sleeping in a sleeping bag; a woman appears in the clouds above with her arms reaching down toward him.

Content : Cover includes drawn portrai of A. Nelson Adams.

Content : Dealer's stamp on cover at bottom right and on p. 2 to left of title: Oliver y Trill, Carriedo, No. 10, Manila.

Content : Dedication on cover at top: Respectfully dedicated to Major Chas. Boxton, 1st Reg't Cal. U.S. Inft'y.

Content : Lithographed folded sheet.

Content : Summary: Far from home in Manila, Philippines, a soldier was sleeping and dreaming of the girlfriend who asked him to come home; when he awoke, he realized it was a dream but was glad that someone remembered him.

Statement of Responsibility: Words and music by A. Nelson Adams.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
UUID: 97b983b0-c595-012f-6024-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The soldier's dream" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The soldier's dream" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 13, 2016.

APA Format

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Wikipedia Citation

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The soldier's dream