The Soldiers Adieu
By Charles Dibdin
Published ca. 1797, Carr & Co. Musical Repository, Boston

Adieu, adieu my only life,
my duty calls me from thee;
remember thou'rt a Soldier's wife,
Those tears but ill become thee

What though by duty I am call'd
where thund'ring cannons rattle,
Where valour's self might stand appal'd
where valours self might stand appal'd,

when on the wings of thy dear love
to heav'n above thy fervent orifons
had flown the tender pray'r thou put up there
Shall call a guardian Angel down,
Shall call a guardian Angel down
to watch me in the battle.