by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)

Where has Lula gone? 
Language: English 
Little voices laughing free, 
Laughing on the lawn, 
Tell me can you answer me, 
Where has Lula gone? 

Where is that merry form 
Ever on the move, 
Glancing through calm and storm 
Living beams of love? 

Soft rays of mellow light 
From her eyes were thrown, 
And her smiles were summer bright, 
Where has Lula gone? 

She has left the sunny hills 
In their blushing bloom 
She has left the running rills 
Blushing round her home, 

Far in some distant land 
She may yet be seen 
Leading a fairy band 
Like a fairy queen. 

Far, far my longing heart 
On her path has flown, 
Yet no answer can impart; 
Where has Lula gone? 

Summer days have come and gone, 
Starry nights have passed, 
Many dreams of hope have flown 
Since I saw her last 

Roaming in rapture wild 
On the mountain side, 
Smiling when roses smile, 
Sighing when they died. 

Wild as the honey bee, 
Gentle as the fawn, 
Fairer than the dawn was she; 
Where has Lula gone?


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Researcher for this text: Laura Prichard [Guest Editor]

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