Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ah, May the Red Rose Live Always!

Ah!may the red rose live always,
To smile upon earth and sky
Why should the beautiful ever weep?
Why should the beautiful die?

Lending a charm to every ray
That falls on her cheeks of light,
Giving the zephyr kiss for kiss,
And nursing the dewdrop bright


Long may the daises dance the field,
Frolicking far and near!
Why should the innocent hide their heads
Why should the innocent fear?

Spreading their petals in mute delight
When morn in its radiance breaks,
Keeping a floral festival
Till the night-loving primrose wakes


Lulled be the dirge in the cypress bough,
That tells of departed flowers
Ah! that the butterfly's gilded wing
Fluttered in evergreen bowers

Sad in my heart for the blighted plants
It's pleasures are just as brief
They bloom at the young year's joyful call,
And fade with teh autumn leaf


Stephen Foster

As on Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster

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