O! softly, gently, glide along,
Ye summer airs, and sweetly croon;
For Mary walks her fields among,
Now look your best, ye summer flowers,
Your sweetest perfume scatter here,
To gladden ‘mong your blooming bow’rs
My Mary dear.
O! sun beam brightly from on high
Ye rills, make music bland and clear;
Sing o’er her, skylark in the sky-
O’er Mary dear.
And all ye sylvan songsters, sing,
Your finest melodies repeat;
Till all the woods with welcome ring
For Mary sweet.
When Mary sings on summer eves,
The songbirds furl their little wings,
And listen ‘mong the trembling leaves-
When Mary sings.
O! Mary, empress of my heart,
No wonder the departing sun,
To kiss thee lingers, sloth to part
My darling one.