How happy the lover (John Ebenezer West)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78299:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 536 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: How happy the lover
Composer: John Ebenezer West
Lyricist: John Dryden
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1918 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

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How happy the Lover!
How easy his chain!
How pleasing his pain!
How sweet to discover
He sighs not in vain!
For Love every creature
Is formed by his nature!
No joys are above
The pleasures of Love!

In vain are our graces,
In vain are your eyes,
If Love you despise!
When age furrows faces,
’Tis time to be wise!
Then use the short blessing
That flies in possessing!
No joys are above
The pleasures of Love!