Far away where Babylon once ruled with ancient might,
'Mid the mystic silent ruins dreaming in the night,
There I learned the magic thrill of Oriental love;
There I sang my serenade while stars were bright above.
Slumber on, My rose of Babylon!
What sweet romance lies in your glance!
Your beauty sets my heart afire with desire.
Let me kiss the lips that hold such bliss;
Let me hear you say we'll never part,
Come into the garden of my heart,
Sweet Rose of Babylon.
Like twin roses dipped in honey were the lips I press'd,
Soft as dew-kiss'd petals were your tresses on my breast,
All too soon there came the dawn to take you from my arms;
All too soon forgotten, I still miss your tender charms.