by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)

Old memories
Language: English 
Fondly old memories 
Recall round my heart 
Scenes of my early joys 
That never depart. 

Warmed in their sunny rays, 
Hopes brightly burn: 
Say not those happy days 
Can never return! 

Say not those happy days 
Can never return! 
Say not those happy days 
Can never return! 

Voices of tenderness 
And eyes ever bright, 
Warm and true hearted friends 
May lend their delight; 

But still for departed smiles 
The sad heart will year: 
Say not those happy days 
Can never return! 

Say not those happy days 
Can never return! 
Say not those happy days 
Can never return!

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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-26
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