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Flow on Thou Shining River
Arranged by Sir John Stevenson

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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Flow on thou shining river,
But ere thou reach the sea,
seek Ella's bow'r and give her
The wreath I fling o'er thee.
And tell her thus,
If she'll be mine,
The current of our lives shall be
With joys along their course to shine
Like those sweet flow'rs on thee.

But if in wand'ring thither,
Thou find'st she mocks my pray'r;
Then leave those wreaths to wither
upon the cold bank there,
tell her thus, When youth is o'er,
Her lone and loveless charms shall be
Thrown by upon life's weedy shore,
Like those sweet flow'rs from me.



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