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Beautiful Dreamer

Lisa Redfern  •  Song


In 1864 Stephen Foster wrote this ballad serenade in waltz time. Sung softly and slowly it becomes a lullaby.

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Beautiful Dreamer
Words and Music by Stephen Foster

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee
Sounds of the rude world heard in the day
Lulled by the moonlight have all passed away

Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song
List while I woo thee with soft melody
Gone are the cares of life’s busy throng
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me

Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea
Mermaids are chanting the wild Lorelei,
Over the streamlet vapors are borne
Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn.

Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart
E’en as the morn on the streamlet and sea,
Then will all clouds of sorrow depart.
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me

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