Oh, I wish I were a swallow (Oscar Wagner)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-27)  CPDL #58841:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-05-27).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 110 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Oh, I wish I were a swallow
Composer: Oscar Wagner
Lyricist: Marion Bernstein

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong, with SAT solo section.

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1884 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 17, no. 476

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Original text and translations

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Oh, I wish I were a swallow!
I would know no winter time;
The sweet summer I would follow
In her flight from clime to clime.

How I love the summer flowers,
And the summer skies so blue,
And the cheering sunny hours,
And the birds' sweet music too!
Oh, I wish...

When I see the leaves all shaded
With dull tints of brown and red;
When the blossoms are all faded,
And the singing birds are fled.

Then, how mournfully recalling
Summer's sweetness passed away,
'Mid the wreck of beauty falling
Into darkness and decay.
Oh, I wish...