by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)

Lily Ray
Language: English 
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.

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