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Roger Quilter

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Sung by Mr.John MacCormack
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
The Words by Tennyson
The Music by Roger Quilter
Price 50 Cents Nett

Now sleeps the crimson petal,
Now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in porph’ry font:
The firefly wakens:
Wakens though with me.
Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
And slips into the bosom of the lake:
So fold thyself my dearest, thou, and slip,
Slip into my bosom and be lost,
Be lost in me.

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