by Eugène Scribe (1791 - 1861)
Translation by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)

Ah! My Child! (Ah mon fils)
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Ah! my child! Ah! my child! 

For thy poor mother 
Didst thou then smother 
All thy sweet dreams, 
all thy sweet dreams of Bertha's love? 

Ah! my child! Ah! my child! 

Thou hast, alas! cast away, 
for thy mother, 
e'en more than life, 
all the hopes that had warmed thy young heart. 

Ah! my child! Ah! my child!

May gracious heaven, 
may gracious heaven receive my suppliation! 
Angels attend thee, 
Spirit defend thee, 

My child ever blessed ever blessed be thou! 
every blessed in heaven, 
blessed in heaven, 
My child! My child! 

Heavenly blessings be on thee! 
Heavenly beneditions rest on thee, my child! 
Blessings on thee! 


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Researcher for this text: Laura Prichard [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2015-12-26
Line count: 22
Word count: 107