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Stephen C. Foster (1826-1864)

Beautiful Dreamer Serenade

1Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,

2Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;

3Sounds of the rude world heard in the day,

4Lull'd by the moonlight have all pass'd a way!

5Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,

6List while I woo thee with soft melody;

7Gone are the cares of life's busy throng, --

8Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

9Beautiful dreamer awake unto me!

10Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea

11Mermaids are chaunting the wild lorelie;

12Over the streamlet vapors are borne,

13Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn.

14Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart,

15E'en as the morn on the streamlet and sea;

16Then will all clouds of sorrow depart, --

17Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

18Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!


Online text copyright 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.

Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Beautiful Dreamer, "the last song ever written" by Stephen C. Foster. Composed but a few days previous to his death (New York: W. A. Pond, 1864). Facsimile in Stephen Foster, Household Songs, Earlier American Music 12, introduction by H. Wiley Hitchcock (New York: Da Capo Press, 1973): 89-93. M780.82 E13 no. 12 Toronto Metro Public Reference Library.

First publication date: 1864

RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire

RP edition: RPO 1998.

Recent editing: 1:2002/4/27

Composition date: 1864

Rhyme: aabb ababb


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