|Your Birthday will always be green
in the memory of your friends.
May these flowers, presented on your
birthday, be emblenatical of the purity
of your life.
Wake early this morning,
Nor miss the grey dawning;
Take this greeting from me
As it goes straight to thee:
May joy and gladness e'er be thine;
And endless brightness round thee shine.
Like sunbeams to the drooping flowers,
Good-will our lives both bless;
It furthers every wish of ours,
And joys in our success.
So may its rays towards you flow,
That none but friends your heart may know.
I wish thee every blessing
That can attend thee here;
And may each future birthday prove
My wish to be sincere.
In these days of mirth and glee,
What shall my message be to thee?
What can I wish for one so blest?
Thou sunny bird in a sunny nest!
This I wish, and this I pray:
May the joys of life never pass away,
But only merge in a sigh of bliss -
Into a life far brighter than this!
|If words could all my wishes say,
Oh! how my tongue would talk away.
I wish this day and many more
Might on dear - blessings pour.
May health, wealth, love and peace
With each succeeding year increase;
And oh! the last, come when it may,
Be unto thee a happy day.
As beauteous flowers in garlands intertwine,
May Peace and Love to cheer thy heart combine,
To give you a very happy Birthday.
This is thy Birthday, may it be,
A source of happiness to thee,
And may each Birthday yet in store,
Be brighter than the one before.
Dear friend, on this, thy natal day,
I send to thee a little lay,
And wishes tender
And only ask that thou'lt repay
My thoughts with thine, and fondly say,
"I thank the sender."
May Spring its blossoms round thee strew,
And Summer, deck'd in mantle new,
Come forth to greet thee;
May Autumn fruitage crown the year,
And Winter, with its jovial cheer,
Bring friends to meet thee.
And if I still must absent be,
Do not forget to send to me
One kind word only,
By home birds passing by the door,
Who, flying towards this distant shore,
May greet me lonely.