by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)

Ellen Bayne
Language: English 
Soft be thy slumbers, 
Rude cares depart, 
Visions in numbers 
Cheer thy young heart. 

Dream on while bright hours 
And fond hopes remain, 
Blooming like smiling blowers 
For thee, Ellen Bayne. 

Chorus: 
Gentle slumbers o'er thee glide, 
Dreams of beauty round thee bide 
While I linger by thy side, 
Sweet Ellen Bayne. 

Dream not in anguish, 
Dream not in far; 
Love shall not languish; 
Fond ones are near. 

Sleeping or waking, 
In pleasure of pain 
Warm hearts will beat for thee, 
Sweet Ellen Bayne. 

Chorus: 
Gentle slumbers o'er thee glide, 
Dreams of beauty round thee bide 
While I linger by thy side, 
Sweet Ellen Bayne. 

Scenes that have vanished 
Smile on thee now, 
Pleasures once banished 
Play round thy brow,
 
Forms long departed 
Greet thee again 
Soothing they dreaming heart, 
Sweet Ellen Bayne.

Chorus: 
Gentle slumbers o'er thee glide, 
Dreams of beauty round thee bide 
While I linger by thy side, 
Sweet Ellen Bayne. 

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