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Rosalie The Prairie Flower

As sung by Geo. Christy and Wood’s Minstrels

Composed by Wurzel (Geo. F. Root). (George Frederick Root)

Boston: Nathan Richardson at the Musical Exchange (1856)

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[Verse 1]
On the distant prairie,
Where the heather wild In its quiet beauty lived and smiled,
Stand a little cottage,
And a greeping vine
Loves around its porch to twine;
In the peaceful dwelling was a lovely child,
With her blue eyes beaming soft and mild,
And the wavy ringlets of her flaxon hair,
Floating in the summer air.

[Chorus, verse 1]
Fair as a lily, joyous and free,
Light of that prairie home was she.
Everyone who knew her, felt the gently power of Rosalie the prairie flower.

[Verse 2]
On that distant prairie,
When the days were long,
Tripping like a fairy, sweet her song
With the sunny blossoms
And the birds at play,
Beautiful and bright as they;
When the twilight shadows gathered in the west,
And the voice of nature sunk to rest,
Like a cherub kneeling seemed the lovely child,
With her gentle eyes so mild.

[Chorus, verse 2]
Fair as a lily, joyous and free,
Light of that prairie home was she.
Everyone who knew her, felt the gentle power of Rosalie the prairie flower.

[Verse 3]
But the summer faded,
And a childly blast,
O’er that happy cottage swept at last
When the autums song birds
Woke the dewy morn,
Little prairie flower was gone!
For the angels whispered softly in her ear,
“Child thy father calls thee stay not here.”
And they gentle bore her, robed in spotless white,
To their blissful home of light.

[Chorus, verse 3]
Though we shall never look on her more,
Gone with the love and joy she bore.
Far away she’s blooming, in a fadeless bower, sweet Rosalie the prairie flower.


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