Pipe! Red Lip’d Autumn Pipe (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #77977:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 448 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Pipe! Red Lip’d Autumn Pipe
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Frederick Enoch
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1876 Stanley Lucas, Weber & Co.

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Original text and translations

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Pipe!— red-lip’d Autumn— pipe!—
Summer, she is dead, sweet maid;
Bear her through the listening glade,
Strew the way with berries ripe—
I have wooed her in the meadow,
When she was a sweet young thing,
Ere she in the rain-cloud’s shadow
Parted from the Spring:
Later, I have sported, blither,
Often in her in her sunnier hours;
She it was who led me whither
Spring those fays, the flowers!—
Hark!— the breezes are beginning!
Strew the leaves— and lightly, tread—
Canticles in honour singing
Of the beauteous dead!
Sing, sad winds, in every place,
Vintage-hill and orchard-dell,
Where her smile was wont to grace
Haunts she loved so well!—
Strew the way with berries ripe:—
Summer she is dead, sweet maid;
O’er her, through the listening glade,
Pipe!— red-lip’d Autumn— pipe!