Sweet bird of eve (John Stafford Smith)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-03-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sweet bird of eve
Composer: John Stafford Smith
Lyricist: John McMillancreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1785

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Original text and translations

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Sweet bird of eve, whose love-sick note
I hear across the dale;
Who nightly, to the moon and me,
Dost chant thy melting tale;
Oh, hear a brother mourner's part!
To Delia's window fly;
Tell her I bleed for love of her,
For love of her I die.