Summer’s good-bye (Collingwood Banks)
- Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-18). Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 591 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
First published: 1882 Novello, Ewer, and Co.
Original text and translations
A tinge of gold on the leafy trees,
A few faint clouds in the sky,
The chilly breath of the evening breeze
Tell us ’tis summer’s sweet goodbye.
The evening shadows that earlier creep
O’er the green and sheltered vale,
O’er woods where now the song birds sleep
Are telling the same sad tale;
And the amber light in the evening sky
Is the parting smile of a sweet goodbye.
The ripening fruits in their golden glow,
The swallows circling high,
The gentle stream in its quickening glow
Proclaim ’tis summer’s sweet goodbye.
The glorious sun, as the day steals on,
Shines with a mellowed ray,
And the flowers are faded, their beauty gone,
Have sunk low by swift decay.
But their scent still lingers; like zephyrs soft
Is the breath of summer’s sweet goodbye.