1. 'Tis many years ago, Since we, love, roam'd together,
And faces that we used to see, Are hidden now forever,
But all the haunts we lov'd so well, When we were young and free,
In quiet beauty still remain Down by the sounding sea.
CHORUS: Down by the sea, down by the sea
O! will you e'er forget
The happy hours we've pass'd my love,
Down by the sounding sea?
2. 'Twas there that first we met my love, The time I well remember,
When all the earth was sleeping in The sweetness of September;
'Twas there a princely sinecure, Was given unto me,
The virgin love of maiden dear Down by the sounding sea.
3. The mem'ry of those happy days Is bright with regal splendor,
And fills my heart with sweetest dreams, So truthful and so tender;
And oft I sigh in summer hours To be again with thee,
Among the haunts we lov'd so well, Down by the sounding sea.
Niven, Edward A. and Chandler, W. E., "Dreams of the Sea Shore" (1868). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 59.
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