The Last Rose of Summer

by Anon. arr. Britten From Irish Folk Song Arrangements (1960)

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The Last Rose of Summer
English source: Thomas Moore

’Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions are faded and gone;
No flow’r of her kindred, no rosebud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes, or give sigh for sigh.
So soon may I follow, when friendships decay,
And from love’s shining circle the gems drop away!
When true hearts lie wither’d, and fond ones are flown,
Oh! who would inhabit this bleak world alone?


Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of "The Minstrel Boy" and "The Last Rose of Summer". He was responsible, with John Murray, for burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death. In…

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