I know two soft, brown eyes (John Winans Shryock)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-07)  CPDL #77937:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-07).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 510 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: I know two soft, brown eyes
Composer: John Winans Shryock
Lyricist: Frederick Langbridge
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1885 W.J. Dyer & Bro.

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Original text and translations

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I know two eyes, two soft brown eyes,
Two eyes as sweet and dear
As ever danced with gay surprise,
Or melted with a tear:
In whose fair rays a heart may bask—
Their shadowed rays serene—
But little maid, you must not ask
Whose gentle eyes I mean.

I know a voice of fairy tone
Like brooklet in the June,
That sings to please itself alone,
A little, old world tune:
Whose music haunts the listener’s ear
And will not leave it free;
But I shall never tell you, dear,
Whose accents they may be.

I know a golden-hearted maid,
For whom I built a shrine,
A leafy nook of murmurous shade,
Deep in this heart of mine;
And in that calm and cool recess
To make her home she came—
But oh! you’d never, never guess
That little maiden’s name.