Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1840

Comments

Rose Atherton

A ballad,

Written & composed by Charles Jefferys

Boston: Oliver Ditson (184-?)

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Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
The summer days are coming,
The blossom decks the bough,
The bees are gaily humming
And the birds are singing now:
We have our mayday garlands,
We have crown’d our may day Queen
With a coronal of roses
Set in leaves of brightest green;
But her reign is nearly over,
The Spring is on the wane;
O haste thee, gentle summer,
To our pleasant land again.

[Verse 2]
The Minstrel of the moonlight,
The lovelorn nightingale,
Hath sung his month of music
To the rose queen of the vale:
And what tho’ he be silent,
As the night comes slowly on
We’ll have dances on the greensward
To sweet music of our own.
O the summer days are coming,
And the summer nights more dear,
O haste thee, gentle summer!
For there’s joy when thou are near.

[Verse 3]
We’ll rise and hail thee early,
Before the sun hath dried,
The dew drops that will sparkle
On the green hedge by our side;
And when the blaze of noonday
Glares upon the thirsty flower,
We will seek the welcome covert
Of our jasmine shaded bowers.
O! the summer days are coming,
And the summer nights more dear,
O haste thee, gentle summer!
For there’s joy when thou are near.

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