The Village Maiden

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Melody - Stephen C. Foster, 1855; Seq. by Werner Tomaschewski
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Stephen C. Foster, 1855

The village bells are ringing,
And merrily they chime;
The village choir is singing,
For ítis a happy time;
The chapel walls are laden
With garlands rich and gay,
To greet the village maiden
Upon her wedding day.
2. But summer joys have faded
And summer hopes have flown;
Her brow with grief is shaded,
Her happy smiles are gone;
Yet why her heart is laden,
Not one, alas! can say,
Who saw the village maiden
Upon her wedding day.
3. The village bells are ringing,
But hark, how sad and slow;
The village choir is singing
A requiem soft and low;
And all with sorrow laden
Their tearful tribute pay
Who saw the village maiden
Upon her wedding day.

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