While in their sunny bowers, Sweet birds rejoice, Mingling with budding flowers, Loves gentle voice, Grief to thy memory Tuneth a lay, Lovely departed one, Sweet Lily Ray Lovely departed one, Sweet Lily Ray. When slumber's dreamy light O'er me is thrown, Calling in visions bright, Days that are gone, While round my drooping heart, Joy seems to play, Fondly I dream of thee, Sweet Lily Ray Fondly I dream of thee, Sweet Lily Ray. When liquid melody Falls on mine ear, Then I impulsively Deem thou art near; But when a gentle form Passeth away, Sadly I mourn for thee, Sweet Lily Ray. Sadly I mourn for thee, Sweet Lily Ray.
- by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864), "Lily Ray" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864), "Lily Ray", published 1850. [voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
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