Oh, were I but a drop of dew (William Hayman Cummings)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-06)  CPDL #76130:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-06).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 249 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Oh, were I but a drop of dew
Composer: William Hayman Cummings
Lyricist: Richard Howitt
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1865 Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Oh, were I but a drop of dew,
A pearl upon the snowdrop small:
Suspended o’er one bosom true–
I know where I would love to fall.

Were I a moonbeam of the night,
That wanders through the silent air:
With kisses white would I alight
Upon one sleeping forehead fair.

Were I a rose, had I the power,
Yet sweeter roses would I seek,
And there would wave from hour to hour,
And dash the dews upon her cheek.