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.
- by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864), "The love I bear to thee" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864), "The love I bear to thee", published 1863. [voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
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