Lady, rise, sweet morn's awaking (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-21)  CPDL #53350:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-02-21).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Lady, rise, sweet morn's awaking
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: W. S. Passmore

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Vol. 1, no. 46

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Original text and translations

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1  Lady, rise! sweet morn's awaking,
And the early lark's on high,
Nature fair, her couch forsaking,
Bids blind night a day's goodbye!
Bright as joyous skies above me,
Is one sunny glance from thee;
Ope thy lattice if you love me,
Beam one tender smile on me!

2  Lady fair, thy slumber banish,
And thy jewell'd orbs disclose,
Ere the crystal dewdrops vanish
From the bluebell and wild rose,
I will shew thee where the turtle
Woos its mate in notes of glee,
If yon lattice, draped with myrtle,
Opes to shed one smile on me!

3  Lady fair, while sleep still lingers,
Nature's joys shall be my themes,
Music thrilled by throbbing fingers
Shall inspire thy glowing dreams.
Ah! I see now bright eyes gleaming,
Like twin planets, wild with glee,
From thy open lattice beaming
Smiles of gladness down on me.