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First Line: Before the falling summer sun
Last Line: The summer when our life was fair.
Subject(s): Summer

Before the falling summer sun
The boughs are shining all as gold,
And down below them waters run,
As there in former years they roll'd;
The poolside wall is glowing hot,
The pool is in a dazzling glare,
And makes it seem as, ah! 'tis not,
A summer when my life was fair.
The evening, gliding slowly by,
Seems one of those that long have fled;
The night comes on to star the sky
As then it darken'd round my head.
A girl is standing by yon door,
As one in happy times was there,
And this day seems, but is no more,
A day when all my life was fair.
We hear from yonder feast the hum
Of voices, as in summers past;
And hear the beatings of the drum
Again come throbbing on the blast.
There neighs a horse in yonder plot,
As once there neigh'd our petted mare,
And summer seems, but ah! is not
The summer when our life was fair.

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