Silent Worship (Geoffrey Shaw)

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Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2021-01-20).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 101 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Silent Worship
Composer: Geoffrey Shaw
Lyricist: Arthur Somervell

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1939

Description: Source J.Curwen and Sons Ltd. An arrangement of Handel's Non lo dirò col labbro.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Did you not hear My Lady
Go down the garden singing
Blackbird and thrush were silent
To hear the alleys ringing

Oh saw you not My Lady
Out in the garden there
Shaming the rose and lily
For she is twice as fair.

Though I am nothing to her
Though she must rarely look at me
And though I could never woo her
I love her till I die.

Surely you heard My Lady
Go down the garden singing
Silencing all the songbirds
And setting the alleys ringing

But surely you see My Lady
Out in the garden there
Rivaling the glittering sunshine
With a glory of golden hair.