American Old Time Song Lyrics: 21 Why Do Summer Roses Fade

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 21

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WHY DO SUMMER ROSES FADE?

Why do Summer roses fade?
If not to show how fleeting
All things bright and fair are made,
To bloom awhile as half afraid
To join a Summer's greeting;
Or do they only bloom to tell
How brief a season love may dwell?
Or do they only bloom to tell
How brief a season love may dwell?

Then while Summer roses last,
Oh, let's be friends together;
Summer time will soon be past,
When Autumn leaves around us cast,
And then comes Wint'ry weather.
Surely as the Summer's day,
Friendship, too, will pass away;
Surely as the Summer's day,
Friendship, too, will pass away.

But though Summer roses die,
And love gives way to reason,
Friendship pass without a sigh,
And all on earth pass coldly by,
It's but a Wintry season;
And friendship, love, and roses, too,
The Springtime shall again renew;
And friendship, love, and roses, too,
The Springtime shall again renew.
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