When Daphne smiles (John Stafford Smith)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-10-04).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 212 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: When Daphne smiles
Composer: John Stafford Smith
Lyricist: William Drummond of Hawthornden
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1781

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Original text and translations

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When Daphne smiles, I find
More light before mine eyes
Than when the sun from Inde
Brings to our world a flow'ry Paradise.
But when she gently weeps,
And pours forth pearly show'rs,
On cheeks fair blushing flow'rs;
A sweet melancholy my senses keeps;
Both feed so my disease,
So much both do me please
That oft I doubt, which more my heart doth burn,
Like love to see her smile, or pity mourn.