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Text: Traditional/Trans. Nathan Haskell Dole
Music: Russian Folk Song/arr. Nathan Haskell Dole
Published: EC Shirmer Music Co./ECS Publishing

When the purple evening shadows
Darken over grassy meadows,
Settle down on dewy meadows
Where the daisies grow;
When the silent starts are bright’ning,
Then like sparks of tiny lightning,
Vivid sparks of harmless lightning,
Swarms of fireflies go.

In the dark entrancing, glancing,
As if living stars were dancing,
As if twinkling stars came dancing,
Thousands of them there.
Ev’ry merry little fellow
Bears a lamp of greenish yellow,
Soft and cool and bright and mellow,
Gleaming in the air.

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