Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise                         Sigmund 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.