Beautiful Isle of Somewhere

Many hymns were written in tribute to William McKinley. One was Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.
Words by Jessie Brown Pounds
Music by J.S. Fearis
Published 1901

Somewhere the sun is shining,
Somewhere the songbirds dwell;
Hush, then, thy sad repining,
God lives, and all is well.

[ Refrain]
Somewhere, somewhere,
Beautiful Isle of Somewhere!
Land of the true, where we live anew,
Beautiful Isle of Somewhere!

Somewhere the day is longer,
Somewhere the task is done;
Somewhere the heart is stronger,
Somewhere the prize is won.

Somewhere the load is lifted,
Close by an open gate;
Somewhere the clouds are rifted,
Somewhere the angels wait.

(http://www.authentichistory.com/1898-1913/4-imperialism/6-assassination/1901_SM_Beautiful_Isle_of_Somewhere.html#sm)

We have a copy of the sheet music displayed at the museum. 1995.47.01 Here is a sound recording made by Harold Jarvis in 1908. It was digitized by the Library of Congress from a78 RPM record. http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/1429

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