Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II (1928)
Softly, as in a morning sunrise, the light of love comes stealing, into
a new born day,
Oh! Flaming with all the glow of sunrise, a burning kiss is sealing the vow
that all betray.
For the passions that thrill love and lift you high to heaven,
Are the passions that kill love and let you fall to hell!
Softly, as in an evening sunset,
The light that gave you glory,
Will take it all away.
Sigmund Romberg introduced this beautiful melody
to the public in his 1928 operetta, "New Moon." in the 1930 motion picture
adaptation of "New Moon," it was sung by Lawrence Tibbett. A decade
later, the second movie adaptation featured Nelson Eddy's rendition. In
"Deep In My Heart," the 1954 screen biography of Sigmund Romberg, it was
once again performed by soprano Helen Traubel.
It has been recorded by a lot of people from Mario Lanza to
John Coltrane, often thought of as a jazz standard.