Summer longings (Henry Hiles)

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  • (Posted 2019-05-30)  CPDL #54395:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-05-30).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Summer longings
Composer: Henry Hiles
Lyricist: Denis Florence MacCarthy

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1870 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 3, no. 91

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Original text and translations

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Ah! my heart is weary, waiting,
Waiting for the May!
Waiting for the pleasant rambles,
Where the fragrant hawthorn brambles,
With the woodbine alternating,
Scent the dewy, dewy way,
Ah! My heart is weary, Waiting for the May!

My heart is faint with longing,
Longing for the May!
Longing to escape from study
To the young face, fair and ruddy,
And the thousand charms belonging
To the summer, summer day.
Ah! My heart is weary, Waiting for the May!

Dejected, sad and weary,
Waiting for the May.
Spring goes by, with wasted warnings,
Moonlit ev'nings, sunbright mornings!
Summer comes! yet, dark and dreary,
Life still ebbs, still ebbs away.
Man is ever weary, Waiting for the May!