Say, O say! saith the music (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • (Posted 2021-05-10)  CPDL #64372:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-05-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 115 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: #45470, transposed down a tone to E
  • (Posted 2017-07-17)  CPDL #45470:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-07-17).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Say, O say! saith the music
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyricist: Robert Bridges

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1897

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Original text and translations

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I love my lady's eyes
Above the beauties rare
She most is wont to prize,
Above her sunny hair,
And all that face to face
Her glass repeats of grace.

For those are still the same
To her and all that see:
But oh ! her eyes will flame
When they do look on me:
And so above the rest
I love her eyes the best.

Now say
Say, say! saith the music
Who likes my song?
I knew you by your eyes,
That rest on nothing long,
And have forgot surprise;
And stray
Stray, O stray! saith the music
as mine will stray,
The while my love's away.