Stephen C. Foster's Melodies

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189
ONCE I LOVED THEE, MARY DEAR
2 I loved thee, when in early youth
Lovely everó Virtuous pride and honest truth
Ne'er could sever, And thy heart was pure and bright As the early morning's light,
Madly, madly,
Madly, madly, etc.
j Oh, that dream hath passed away,
Passed full sadly! Like a genial summer day,
Glowing gladly; And the tale of life is told, Passions blighted, withered, coldó
Sinning never,
Sinning never, etc.
4  Once I loved thee, Mary dearó
Still, God bless thee! May ever blissful prospects cheer
And joy caress thee; Though I drain my cups apart, May, like mine, a saddened heart
Ne'er distress thee,
Ne'er distress thee, etc.
5  Youth will flee and age will come,
Slowly, slowly; Death will beat its muffled drum,
Lowly, lowly: May the passing moments roll Bliss eternal to thy soul,
Holy, holy,
Holy, holy, etc.








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