The Mother’s lamentation (Thomas Dunhill)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-11)  CPDL #76231:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-11).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 535 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Mother’s lamentation
Composer: Thomas Dunhill
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1907 Novello and Co.
Description: Irish melody

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Original text and translations

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    She was mild as the summer air,
Like the timid dove’s were her eyes;
            Oh, my child!
            Oh, my child!
    So gentle, pure, and fair,
Thy heart would break to hear thy mother’s sighs.
    When I saw thee smile I was glad,
        But my hours of joy, alas! are o’er—
            She is gone,
            She is gone,
And this aching heart is sad,
    For I shall never, never, see her more.

    Dark and drear is my lonely home
For her song is hush’d on the hill,
            She is gone,
            She is gone,
    O’er the stormy seas to roam,
And soon this weary heart shall cease to thrill.
    Ere the summer’s sun shall have smiled
        She may come rejoicing to our shore,
            But I feel,
            But I feel,
In parting with my child,
    That I shall never, never, see her more.