“Curtains of Night” — lyrics & chords

Words and music by William Shakespeare Hays. 1869 (Originally titled “I’ll Remember You, Love, In My Prayers“). Arranged by Andru Bemis

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When the curtains of night are pinned back by the stars
And the beautiful moon sweeps the skies
                    A                          A7                    D                      A
And the dewdrops of heaven are kissing the rose
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It is then that my memory flies
       D                                                                       A
As if on the wings of some beautiful dove
In haste with the message it bears
       A                       A7                   D                  A
To bring you a kiss of affection and say
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“I’ll remember you, love in my prayers”

 D                                                                       A
Go where you will, on land or on sea
I’ll share all your sorrows and cares
        A                        A7                        D                    A
At night when I kneel by my bedside to pray
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I’ll remember you, love, in my prayers

I have loved you too fondly to ever forget
The love you have spoken to me
The kiss of affection still warm on my lips
When you told me how true you would be
I know not if fortune be fickle or friend
Or if time will your memory wear
But I know that I’ll love you wherever you roam
And remember you, love, in my prayers

While the angels in heaven are guarding the road
As God has ordained them to do
In answer to prayers I have offered above
I know there is one watching you
And may its bright spirit be with you through life
To guide you up heaven’s bright stairs
And be with the one who has loved you so true
And remembers you, love, in his prayers