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The Last Rose of Summer

'Tis the last rose of summer

Author: Thomas Moore
Published in 15 hymnals

Representative Text

1 'Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone.
No flow'r of her kindred,
No loved one is nigh
To reflect back her blushes,
And give sigh for sigh.

2 I'll not leave thee, thou lone one,
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o'er thy bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

3 So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
And from love's shining circle,
The gems drop away.
When true hearts He wither'd,
And fond ones are flown,
O, who would inhabit
This bleak world alone.

Source: Linden Harp: a rare collection of popular melodies adapted to sacred and moral songs, original and selected. Illustrated. Also a manual of... #28b

Author: Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore United Kingdom 1779-1852. Born at Dublin, Ireland, the son of a grocer, he showed an early interest in music and acting. He was educated at a private school and Trinity College, Dublin. He read at the Middle Temple for the Bar. Moore did not profess religious piety. His translations of ‘Anacreon’ (celebrating wine, women, and song) were published in 1800, with a dedication to the Prince of Wales. He also wrote a comic opera, “the gypsy prince”, staged that year. In 1801 he published a collection of his own verse, “Poetical works of the late Thomas Little Esq”. A Catholic patriot, he defended the Church of Ireland, especially in later politics. In 1803 he held a post under the Government in Bermuda as regis… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: 'Tis the last rose of summer
Title: The Last Rose of Summer
Author: Thomas Moore
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 15 of 15)

Fruits and Flowers #d159

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Lieder-Perlen #176

Linden Harp #d153

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Linden Harp #28b

National Hymns #d136

School Recreations #d107

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Songs for Army and Navy #146

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The American School Hymn Book #CIX

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The American School Hymn Book. (New ed.) #CIX

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The Assembly Hymn and Song Collection #216

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The Chapel Hymnal #S16

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The Male Chorus No. 1 #111

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The Service Song Book #189

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The Songs of Zion #257

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