Come with thy lute (John Harrison Tenney)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-06-10).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 338 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Come with thy lute
Composer: John Harrison Tenney
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1880 The Ruebush-Kieffer Co.
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Original text and translations

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Come, with thy lute, to the fountain;
Sing me a song of the mountain;
Sing of the happy and free;
There, while the ray is declining,
While its last roses are shining,
Sweet shall our melodies be,
Under the broad linden tree,
Under the broad linden tree.

Come, where the zephyrs are straying,
Where, mid the flower-buds playing,
Rambles the blithe summer bee;
Let the lone churl, in his sorrow,
He who despairs of the morrow,
Far to his solitude flee,
Under the dark cypress tree,
Under the dark cypress tree.

Why should we droop in our sadness?
Nature, her promise of gladness
Sheds over land and o’er sea;
Come, bring thy lute to the fountain,
Sing, love, a song of the mountain;
Sweet shall our melodies be,
Under the broad linden tree,
Under the broad linden tree.