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Hear Me, Norma
The Celebrated Duet
Words by C. Jeffrys
Composed by Bellini

Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson 135 Washington St.

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Hear me, Norma, in pity hear me,
I would fain dispel thy dark despait;
At thy feet behold thy children kneeling,
Can a mother's heart reject their prayer?
When the heart is cold that should have cherish'd
Ev'ry hope of joy it falsely gave;
Would'st thou have me live
Ah no! thou would'st not my only haven
alas! is but the grave.
Ah in vain you thus implore me
Time cannot my joys restore me.
Yet could he feel who caus'd my anguish,
How deep hath been my silent sorrow,
Then repentant, he would languish
at my feet ere dawns the morrow,
blessed hope blessed hope my peace restore
And joy... joy shall beam once more.

Still in our found hearts one bright hope is beating,
Friendship shall blossom tho' love's star be fleeting,
Be thou but faithful and I will still cherish,
Hope that shall fade not 'till life itself perish;
O what joy to hear thee
Thus cherish hope again.
O what joy to hear thee
Thus cherish hope again.
O what joy, Oh! Thro' clouds of sadness
The sun of joy appears
How bright the gladness
That shineth thro' our tears
Yes joy is mine joy is mine joy is mine.


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