c
Dearer Than Life!
b
(composed 1863; published by W. Jennings Demorest, N.Y., 1869)
e
1.
Sweet is the breath of the fair, dewy morn,
Sweet is the Spring when the Roses are born,
Dear is the light of the eyes that we love,
Dear is our welcome when homeward we rove;
Refrain:
Dearer, still dearer, in joy or in strife,
Dearer that all art thou, dearer than life!
2.
Tell me you love me again and again!
Parted from thee, oh! wearisome pain!
Morn has no beauty to equal thy face,
Spring has no lillies to equal thy grace!
Refrain:
Dear to me ever, in joy or in strife,
Dearer than all art thou, dearer than life!
   
d