Oh, For Life’s Young Dream of Gladness !

Oh, for life’s young dream of gladness !1
When the flowers were all so new ;2
Growing by our garden pathways,3
Bright and beautiful and true.4
Oh, to see the birds uprising5
From the crowning heights of leaves !6
Oh, to taste earth’s promised pleasures7
While the taintless heart believes !8
Oh, for life’s young hour of trusting,9
When there’s joy in every smile,10
When there’s truth in every promise,11
Every lip is free from guile !12
Oh, to feel the heart upswelling,13
Every thought and power expand,14
When young Love first made his dwelling15
In our young life’s fairy land !16