Lyrics of The Voice of By Gone Days

To A. Eouse, Esq. (of Detroit, Mich.)
 Ballad.
 "The Voice of By Gone Days" 
(1850) 
Written and Composed by Stephen Collins Foster, 1826-1864 


musical refrain
1.
Ah! the voice of by gone days, Will come back again, Whispering to the weary hearted Many a soothing strain. Youthful fancy then returns, Childish hope the bosom burns, Joy, that manhood coldly spurns, Then flows in memory's sweet refrain. Ah! the voice of by gone days, Will come back again, Whispering to the weary hearted Many a soothing strain. 

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2.
Ah! the voice of by gone days Murmurs to my brain Till the cherish'd forms departed Seem to live again -- Weeping old-time sorrows o'er, Smiling as in days of yore When each heart its burden bore Of love and pity, bliss and pain. Ah! the voice of by gone days, Will come back again, Whispering to the weary hearted Many a soothing strain. 

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3.
Ah! the voice of by gone days Bids my memory rove To the fair and gentle being Of my early love. She was radiant as the light, She was pure as dews of night, And beloved of angels bright, She join'd their bless'd and happy train. Ah! the voice of by gone days, Will come back again, Whispering to the weary hearted Many a soothing strain.

musical refrain


The MIDI file of "The Voice of By Gone Days" by Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) is used by permission of Benjamin Robert Tubb from his website at Public Domain Music http://www.pdmusic.org.

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