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As the gloaming shadows creep

Language: English

As the gloaming shadows creep
Through the forest deep
Fra Nightingale sings sweet
Sings sweet through the forest deep
As through the trees the moonbeams sweep,
Lo! a maid with eager feet
Seeks in vain her love to greet.
Ah sweet, why moan, why moan and weep?
For aye the gloaming shadows creep
And hearts will cease to beat
Still Fra Nightingale sings sweet,
Sings sweet when love is deep.


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