The reproach (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-25)  CPDL #76664:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-25).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 351 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2020-02-03)  CPDL #56909:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-02-03).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The reproach
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: John Donne

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1880 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 13, no. 371
Description: The lyrics come from "A collection of choice songs", published in 1729.

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Original text and translations

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Send back my long-strayed eyes to me,
Which, oh! too long have dwelt on thee;
Yet if from you they've learned such ill,
To sweetly smile,
And then beguile,
Keep the deceivers, keep them still.

Send home my harmless heart again,
Which no unworthy thought could stain;
But if it has been taught by thine
To forfeit both
Its word and oath,
Keep it, for then 'tis none of mine.

Yet send me back my heart and eyes,
For I'll know all thy falsities;
That I one day may laugh when thou
Shalt grieve and mourn
For one who'll scorn
And prove as false as thou art now.