Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1920

Comments

If Love Were What the Rose Is

Verse by Algernon Swinburne

Music by Reginald Billin

New York: Th John Church Company (1920)

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Lyrics:

If Love were what the Rose is, and I were like the leaf,
Our lives would grow together in sad or singing weather,
Blown fields or flow’rful closes, green pleasure or gray grief;
If Love were what the Rose is, and I were like the leaf.
If you were April’s lady, and I were lord in May,
We’d throw with leaves for hours and draw for days with flow’rs,
Till day like night were shady and night were bright like day;
If you were April’s lady, and I were lord in May.
If Love were what the Rose is, and I were like the leaf,
Our lives would grow together in sad or singing weather,
Blown field or flowe’rul closes, green pleasure or gray grief;
If Love were what the Rose is, and I were like the leaf.

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