It is not the tear (Charles Villiers Stanford)
- Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2012-04-14). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 42 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Original score had a piano reduction which has been removed in this edition.
Title: It is not the tear
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
First published: 1901
Description: No. 5 from Six Irish folksongs originally published by Boosey and Co
Original text and translations
It is not the tear at this moment shed,
When the cold turf has just been laid o'er him,
That can tell how belov'd was the friend that's fled,
Or how deep in our hearts we deplore him.
'Tis the tear, thro' many a long day wept,
'Tis life's whole path o'ershaded;
'Tis the one remembrance, fondly kept,
When all lighter griefs have faded.
Thus his memory, like some holy light,
Kept alive in our hearts, will improve them,
For worth shall look fairer, and truth more bright,
When we think how we liv'd but to love them!
And, as fresher flowers the sod perfume,
Where buried saints are lying,
So our hearts shall borrow a sweet'ning bloom
From the image he left there in dying!