When the Swallows Homeward Fly

Verse 1:
When the swallows homeward fly,
When the roses scattered lie,
When from neither hill nor dale
Chants the silv’ry Nightingale;
In these words my bleeding heart
Would to thee its grief impart;
Shall we ever meet again,
Parting, ah! parting, parting is pain,
Parting, ah! parting, parting is pain.

Verse 2:
When the white swan southward roves,
There to seek the orange groves,
When the red tints of the west
Prove the sun has gone to rest;
In these words my bleeding heart
Would to thee its grief impart;
Shall we ever meet again,
Parting, ah! parting, parting is pain,
Parting, ah! parting, parting is pain.

Verse 3:
O poor heart! whate’er befall,
There is rest for thee and all;
That on earth which fades away,
Comes again in bright array;
In these words my bleeding heart
Would to thee its grief impart;
Shall we ever meet again,
Parting, ah! parting, parting is pain,
Parting, ah! parting, parting is pain.

C. Herlossohn/Franz Abt./Har. by H.P.M.

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