Tell me, O love (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-20)  CPDL #78430:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 494 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Tell me, O love
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: Alfonso Ferrabosco II
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Six Lyrics from an Elizabethan Song Book, no. 6
Description: Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Tell me, O Love, when shall it be
That thy fair eyes shall shine on me,
Whom nothing else reviveth?

I pray thee, shepherd, leave thy fears,
Drown not thy heart and eyes with tears;
Such sighs my sense depriveth.

Alas, sweet nymph! I cannot chuse,
Since thou estranged lives from me.

O do not me for that accuse;
My love, my life, doth live in thee.

Alas what joy is in such love
That ever lives apart,
And never other comforts prove
But cares that kill the heart!
O let me die!
And so will I.
Yet stay, sweet Love, and sing this song with me:
‘Time brings to pass what love thinks could not be.’