Historic Sheet Music Collection

Title

Glow-worm

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1907

Comments

MacIntosh Collection

New York (102-104 W. 38th St., New York) : Jos. W. Stern & Co., ©1907.

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[Verse 1]
When the night falls silently, the night falls silently on forests dreaming,
Lovers wander forth to see, they wander forth to see, the bright stars gleaming;
And lest they should lose their way, lest they should lose their way, the glow-worms lightly
Light their tiny lanterns gay, their tiny lanterns gay and twinkle brightly,
Here and there, and ev’ry where, from mossy dell and hollow,
Floating, gliding through the air, they call on us to follow!

[Chorus]
Shine, little glow-worm! Glimmer! Shine, little glow worm! Glimmer!
Lead us! Lest too far we wander,
Love’s sweet voice is calling, yonder
Shine! Little glow-worm! Glimmer! Shine! Little glow-worm! Glimmer!
Light the path, below, above, and lead us on to Love!
Shine, little glow-worm! Glimmer! Shine, little glow worm! Glimmer!
Lead us! Lest too far we wander,
Love’s sweet voice is calling, yonder
Shine! Little glow-worm! Glimmer! Shine! Little glow-worm! Glimmer!
Light the path, below, above, and lead us on to Love!

[Verse 2]
“Little glow-worm!” tell me: pray!
Oh! Glow-worm! Tell me: pray! How did you kindle,
Lamps that by the break of day, that by the break of day, must fade and dwindle?
Ah! This secret, by your leave, this secret by your leave, is worth the learning;
When true lovers come at eve, true lovers come at eve, their hearts are burning,
Glowing cheeks and lips betray, how sweet the kisses tasted,
Till we steal the fire away for fear lest it be wasted.”

[Chorus]

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