A poor soul sat sighing (Edward Smith Biggs)
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Title: A poor soul sat sighing
Composer: Edward Smith Biggs
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SSAB
Genre: Secular, Glee
First published: c.1794
Description: A setting of Desdemona's song in Othello.
Original text and translations
A poor soul sat sighing under a sycamore tree,
O willow, willow, willow.
With his hand on his bosom, his head on his knee.
O willow, willow, willow!
Sing O, the green willow shall be my garland.
He sighed in his singing, and after each groan,
I'm dead to all pleasure, my true love is gone.
The cold stream ran by him, his eyes wept apace,
The salt tears fell from him, which drownèd his face.
The mute birds sat by him, made tame by his moans,
The salt tears fell from him, which softened the stones.
Farewell my falsehearted; plaints end with my breath,
Thou dost loath me: I love thee, the cause of my death.
Original text and translations may be found at The willow song.