The last rose of summer (John Andrew Stevenson)

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Editor: Stan Sanderson (submitted 2008-08-02).   Score information: Letter or A4, 2 pages   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Edition in D Major for Solo Soprano.
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Edition notes: Arranged by Adriano Secco for SATB.

General Information

Title: The Last Rose of Summer
Composer: John Andrew Stevenson
Lyricist: Thomas Moore

Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published:

External websites:

Original text and translations


1  'Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming all alone,
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone.
No flower of her kindred,
No rose bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.

2  I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one,
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them;
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o’er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.


3  So soon may I follow
When friendships decay,
And from love’s shining circle
The gems drop away!
When true hearts lie withered
And fond ones are flown
Oh! who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?