The Two Stars (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-13)  CPDL #77282:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 493 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Two Stars
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: Frederic Edward Weatherly
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1874 Lamborn Cock & Co.

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Original text and translations

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O swift and far across the foam,
The good ship homeward flew,
The shipman stood and thought of home,
And of his maiden true.

And gazing up, two stars he spied,
His darling’s eyes were they,
That shone to light him o’er the tide,
And bless his homeward way.

Far off at home, she waits for him,
But death claims her, his own;
“Come love,” she cries, “mine eyes grow dim!
I cannot die alone.”

And gazing up, two stars she spied,
And thought of him at sea;
And dying, faintly, fondly sighed,
“O love, come home to me.”

Far, far amid the cruel surge,
He heard his love’s last moan,
As tempest torn his barque was borne
’neath the waves unknown.

That night across the sea and land
Together fell Two Stars,
And Two glad Spirits, hand in hand,
Past Home through Heaven’s gold bars.