WHILE THE CONVENT BELLS WERE RINGING.
Music by Max S. Witt
Words by Robt. F. Roden
Original Publication and Copyright MCMI by Jos. W. Stern & Co.

[Verse 1.]
The Convent' bells ere ringing, and o'er the Western sea,
The twilight music echoed soft and low,
I stood beside my sweetheart, who'll come to take the veil,
Because her father sternly had said "No!"

The golden sun descended, as we stood sadly there,
Inside sweet voices blended, in solemn evening prayer;
We parted at the gateway, she said "Farewell" to me,
While the Convent bells were ringing, over the sea.

[Chorus]
While the Convent bells were ringing, soft and sweet across the sea,
And the twilight shades were falling, then she said "Goodbye" to me;
As the sun went down in splendor, then I kissed her lips so tender,
While the Convent bells were ringing, over the sea.

2.
Within a lonely mansion,I stood one summer night,
"My Kate is yours" I heard her father say,
"Don't let her take the veil, lad, for I see my mistake,
I've griev'd these weary months she's been away;

Once more the bells were ringing, but now the chimes so sweet,
To my heart joy were bringing, for soon my love I'd meet,
A moment, then I clasp'd her, and kissed her tenderly,
While the Convent bells were ringing, over the sea.