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Make Me No Gaudy Chaplet
From "Lucrezia Borgia"

One of sixty-eight pieces bound in “The Shower of Pearls : A collection of the most beautiful duets, for two sopranos, soprano and alto, soprano and tenor, soprano and bass, and tenor and bass, arranged with an accompaniment for the piano-forte.”

Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington Street

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Make me no gaudy chaplet,
Weave it of simple flowers.
Seek them in lowly vallies,
After the gentle showers:
Bring me no dark red roses,
Gay in the sunshine glowing,
Bring me the pale moss rosebud,
Beneath the fresh leaves growing.
Bring not the proud eye'd blossom,
Darling of Eastern daughters,
Bring me the snowy lily,
Floating on silent waters:
Gems of the lowly valley,
Buds which the leaves are shading,
Lilies of peaceful waters,
Emblems be mine unfading.
Lilies of peaceful waters,
Emblems be mine, be mine!



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