The Violet (Henry David Leslie)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-07-09). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 127 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transposed down a semitone. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Original text and translations
1 Gentle daughter of the year,
Violet! fairest gem of spring,
Blooming by the streamlet clear,
Fanned by Zephyr's balmy wing.
Violet! thy leaves unclose,
Waft thy sweets in dewy air,
Though we prize the blushing rose,
Thou art still beyond compare.
2 Why unheeded waste thy day,
Brief is beauty's transient hour,
Cruel time brooks no delay
To be wooed be thine lone flower.
Violet! so gently sweet.
Haste thy treasures to impart.
From thy cool and loved retreat,
Glad the eye and cheer the heart.
3 Lowly Herald of the Spring,
From thy fairy-circled shrine,
Come on incense-breathing wing
Ere thy fleeting charms decline.
Welcome then the noontide ray.
Drink with joy the golden light,
Beams unfold and pass away,
Darker grows the coming night.
Violet! Violet! Lowly Herald of the Spring.