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Whisper your mother's name
Additional title: I was sitting, one day, in a gilded café, near a window which look'd on the street. [first line]
Additional title: If you should see your sister, do not reproach or blame. [first line of chorus]
Carter, Stanley (Composer)
Braisted, Harry (Lyricist)
Stewart, Belle (Singer)
Jagger, H. C. (Owner)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1896

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1896
Place: New York
Publisher: Jos. W. Stern & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Separation (Psychology)
Mothers and daughters
Content: Dealer's stamp on cover at bottom right: The Zeno Mauvais Music Co., 769 Market St., [San Francisco, California].
Content: Former owner's signature on cover at top right: H. C. Jagger Jr.; handwritten date at top left: July 1st, [1899].
Content: Summary: The narrator looks on the street while sitting in a café, and sees the sad face of his or her sister and recalls mother's words telling not to reproach sister, but to tell how she's been missed and that she's still mother's daughter; the narrator apologize for wounded the sister's pride and says that Mother forgives and that she can now marry Jack.
Content: On cover: Beautiful sentimental ballad...sung with tremendous success by Belle Stewart. Cover includes a photograph of Belle Stewart.
Statement of responsibility: words by Harry Braisted ; music by Stanley Carter.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10826013
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): be957320-c591-012f-308c-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1896: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Whisper your mother's name" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1896.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Whisper your mother's name" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 9, 2022.

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Whisper your mother's name