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Let Me Dream Again
Words by B. C. Stephenson.
Composed expressly for Madame Christine Nilsson.
Published by Boosey & Co., 1875.


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The words of this song are by B. C. Stephenson, who, under the pseudonym "Bolton Rowe" was Sullivan's librettist for The Zoo which was produced the same year as this song was published.

Of Christine Nilsson, Hermann Klein wrote: "This gifted artist, the second and last of the great "Swedish Nightingales," was one of the most remarkable singers of her time. Her voice, a pure soprano of a very lovely quality, possessed a singular pathetic timbre, a curious co-mingling of sweetness and power, to which she allied a charm of expression that was absolutely haunting."

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The sun is setting and the hour is late,
Once more I stand beside the wicket gate.
The bells are ringing out the dying day,
The children singing on their homeward way.
And he is whispering words of sweet intent,
While I, half doubting, whisper a consent.

Is this a dream? then waking would be pain,
Oh! do not wake me, let me dream again!
Is this a dream? then waking would be pain,
Oh! do not wake me, do not wake me,
Let me dream again!

The clock is striking in the belfry tower,
And warns us of the ever fleeting hour,
But neither heeds the time which onward glides,
For time may pass away, but love abides.
I feel his kisses on my fever'd brow,
If we must part, ah! why should it be now?

Is this a dream? then waking would be pain,
Oh! do not wake me, let me dream again!
Is this a dream? then waking would be pain,
Oh! do not wake me, do not wake me,
Let me dream again!
Christine Nilsson
Nilsson

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