Isle of beauty, fare thee well


Verse 1

Shades of evening, close not o'er us,
Leave our lonely bark awhile,
Moon alas! will not restore us,
Yonder dim and distant isle;
Still my fancy can discover,
Sunny spots where friends may dwell -
Dark the shadows round us hover,
Isle of Beauty, fare thee well.

Verse 2

Through the mist that floats above us,
Faintly sounds the vesper bell,
Like a voice from those who love us,
Breathing fondly - Fare thee well!
'Tis the hour when happy faces,
Smile around the taper's light;
Who will fill our vacant places?
Who will sing our songs tonight?

Verse 3

When the waves are round us breaking,
As I pace the deck alone,
And my eye in vain is seeking,
Some green leaf to rest upon;
When on that dear land I ponder,
Where my old companions dwell,
Absence makes the heart grow fonder,
Isle of Beauty, fare thee well!