by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)

The love I bear to thee
Language: English 
At midnight hour when all alone, 
I often sit and think of thee, 
And wish that like a star I shone, 
With brightness in thy memory; 

That while thy form lies calm in sleep, 
From every care and sorrow free, 
Thy guardian angel then would speak, 
And tell the love I bear for thee, 
The love I bear for thee. 

I wander where we've often strayed, 
In childhood's hours now passed and gone, 
I view the scenes where we have played, 
And mourn the joys forever flown; 

And yet I know if thou wouldst seek, 
To drive me from thy memory, 
Thy guardian angel then would speak, 
And tell the love I bear for thee, 
The love I bear for thee.

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