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Thread #12986   Message #1054301
Posted By: Joe Offer
15-Nov-03 - 04:28 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
Subject: ADD: The Violet (Drink to me only...)
It's a rainy day in the California foothills, so we're staying inside by the fireplace. My wife was playing "Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes" on her harp, and I started singing alone. My mother-in-law said she knew another song to the same tune, and she gave a few lines from "The Violet." I found these lyrics, which sound right to my mother-in-law. Are they correct? Anybody know anything more about Jane Taylor, or do you know other verses?
-Joe Offer-

THE VIOLET
Written By: Jane Taylor (1783-1824)
Music Ascribed To: Dr. H. Harrington (1727-1816)

Down in a green and shady bed,
A modest violet grew;
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head
As if to hide from view.
And yet it was a lovely flow'r,
Its colors bright and fair,
It might have graced a rosy bow'r
Instead of hiding there.

Yet there it was content to bloom,
In modest tints arrayed;
And there it spread its sweet perfume
Within the silent shade,
Then let me to the valley go,
This pretty flow'r to see,
That I may also learn to grow
In sweet humility.