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I Would Not Die in Summer Time

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I Would Not Die in Summer Time

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I Would Not Die in Summer Time
(Stephen Foster)

I would not die in Summer time
When hearts are light and free,
And joy is borne from every clime
O'er mountain, stream and lea.
     I would not leave the friends I know,
     Beguiled of hope and cheer,
     To lose in burning tears of woe
     The glad time of the year.

Oh! no, I would not pass away
When, from the leafy grove,
The red bird carols all the day
Its song of joy and love;
     When merry warblers trill their notes
     From every bush and tree,
     And on the breeze, an anthem floats
     Of heaven-born melody.

I would not die in Summer time,
And lie within the tomb,
When blushing fruits are in their prime,
And fields are in their bloom;
     For I would reap the yellow grain
     And bind it in the sheaves;
     Then die when Autumn winds complain
     Among the blighted leaves.

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