I Would Not Die In Summertime

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I would not die in Summer time
When hearts are light and free,
And joy is borne from every clime
O'er mountain, stream and lea
I would not leave the friends I know,
Beguiled of hope and cheer,
To lose in burning tears of woe
The glad time of the year

If I die - but if I die
I pray the sun it warms my eyes
But if I die - but if I die
I pray the sun it warms my eyes

I would not die in Summer time,
And lie within the tomb,
When blushing fruits are in their prime,
And fields are in their bloom;
For I would reap the yellow grain
And bind it in the sheaves;
Then die when Autumn winds complain
Among the blighted leaves

If I die - but if I die
I pray the sun it warms my eyes
But if I die - but if I die
I pray the sun it warms my eyes

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from Missing Persons, released January 8, 2012
Vere lyrics by Stephen Foster, 1851

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