Open the Door Softly

(Dion Boucicault/Herbert Hughes), recorded on Skeins.

This lyric was written by 19th century Irish playwright, Dion Boucicault, and the music was adapted from a traditional tune by Herbert Hughes. 

Open the door softly, I've something to tell you dear, 
Open it up no wider than the crack upon the floor; 
Open the door softly, I've something to tell you dear. 

Warm summer grasses have whispered it to your ear; 
Skeins of shining water ask you patiently to hear; 
Tall lonely timbers have taught it to the deer. 

Sad winds at autumn will tell you as they pass by; 
Wild geese flying eastward, leave their music in the sky; 
Listen at evening, and answer the wild birds' cry. 

Open the door softly, I've something to tell you dear.