Last Rose of Summer
'It's the last rose of summer, left blooming all alone
All her lovely companions are faded
No flower of her kindred, no rose bud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes and give sigh for sigh.
not leave thee, though lone one! to pine on the stem
Since the lovely are sleeping, go sleep though with them
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
Oh! who would inhabit this bleak world alone!