The parting kiss (Ciro Pinsuti)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-28)  CPDL #77669:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-28).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 598 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2020-11-23)  CPDL #61622:        
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2020-11-23).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 161 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The parting kiss
Composer: Ciro Pinsuti
Lyricist: M. Deigh

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1880 Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

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I could not breathe the parting word, Farewell;
I strove to quell my feelings for thy sake;
I did not dare the mournful truth to tell;
I smil'd, although my heart was like to break.

Oh! gentle, loving girl, thou knewest this,
And blest me with affection's dearest ray.
I'll dwell upon the mem'ry of that kiss,
And long for thy return while thou'rt away,

I know thou'lt ne'er forget when thou art gone,
Where'er thy wand'ring footsteps chance to rove,
There liveth one, e'en though he be alone,
Who loves thee truly with unchanging love.

Oh! happy moment past, yet full of bliss,
How can I tell, how can I tell how much thou didst repay?
I'll feast upon the mem'ry of that kiss,
And pray for thy return while thou'rt away!