íT is the Last Rose of Summer

          by Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

íT is the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred,
No rosebud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
To give sigh for sigh.

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o'er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

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 was an Irish barrister and a prolific poet. Born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, he was a fairly successful lawyer and served for a time as Registrar of Admiralty in Bermuda.

Many of Moore's works were later set to music by Sir John Stevenson and others.

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