‘Tis the Last Rose of Summer’ by Thomas Moore.

Tis the last rose of summer

Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred,
No rosebud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
To give sigh for sigh.

I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go, sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter,
Thy leaves o’er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
From Love’s shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie withered
And fond ones are flown,
Oh! who would inhabit,
This bleak world alone?

I learned this mesmerisingly haunting song as a child. It’s self explanatory.

The Last Rose of Summer with Andre Rieu his orchestra choir and the sopranos Suzan Erens (Holland), Carmen Monarcha (Brazil) and Carla Maffioletti (Brazil). The scenery looks like that of the West of Ireland, where there are lots of stone-ditches and similar looking skies, that artists find very appealing to paint.

Celtic Woman

Thomas Moore, 1779-1852


One thought on “‘Tis the Last Rose of Summer’ by Thomas Moore.

  1. 2013 is the bicentenary of the publication of “The Last Rose of Summer” by Thomas Moore. The inspiration for the lyrics was a visit by Moore to his friend George Bryan in Jenkinstown. Thomas Moore had been a regular visitor to Kilkenny as he had performed in plays at The Kilkenny Private Theatre, and met his future wife Bessy Dyke here. Conahy Heritage Society, of which I am chairperson, is planning a concert in Jenkinstown Park, June 22nd 2013, to commemorate this event. Anthony Kearns, tenor, has agreed to perform plus some local talent.
    Thomas Moore, The Bard of Ireland, was an international celebrity in his time.
    That week in June there are no festivals in Kilkenny, so we hope to have a Thomas Moore week with the concert as the highlight. The event will be publicised on the Gathering, http://www.thegathering.ie The picture is breathtaking, I would to be able to use it in the concert promotion
    Thomas Downey

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