Love and beauty (William Henry Bell)

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  • (Posted 2020-08-04)  CPDL #60019:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-08-04).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 160 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Love and beauty
Composer: William Henry Bell
Lyricist: Robert Greene

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1903 Novello's Part-songs (2nd series) no.915

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Original text and translations

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Pretty twinkling starry eyes,
How did nature first devise
Such a sparkling in your sight
As to give Love such delight,
As to make him like a fly,
Play with looks until he die?

sure ye were not made at first
For such mischief to be curst;
As to kill affection's care
That doth only truth declare;
Where worth's wonders never wither,
Love and Beauty live together.

Blessed eyes, then give your blessing,
That in passion's best expressing;
Love that only lives to grace ye,
May not suffer pride deface ye;
But in gentle thought's directions,
Show the power of your perfections,
Pretty sparkling starry eyes.