The secret (Carl Gottlieb Reissiger)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-26)  CPDL #58197:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-04-26).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 153 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The secret
Composer: Carl Gottlieb Reissiger
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Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB

Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1883 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 16, no. 448
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Original text and translations

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Go faster, my steed, speed on, speed on,
How long thou seemest to tarry!
To the wood, to the wood, ever lovely and free,
My own happy secret I'll carry.
Sweet evening's soft and tranquil light
Now o'er the forest is glowing,
And melody echoes from tree to tree,
While softly the winds are blowing,
Go faster, my steed, speed on,.

O could I soar like the lark on high,
All the air with my carols filling,
And loud that joy to the skies proclaim,
With which my heart is thrilling:
Or with the gale fly on restless wing
Away to the far distant ocean,
Entrusting each wave with the feelings of bliss
That are stirring my heart with emotion.

Go faster, my steed, speed on, speed on,
No mortal ear shall my secret hear,
Go faster, my steed, go faster, my steed,
Much longer I cannot conceal it,
'Tis vain the wish on the wing to fly,
And quickly I haste to reveal it.
Then know it, sweet moon, on the rippling sea,
Fair trees that around me are growing.
She is mine! she is mine! and on my lips
Her heavenly kiss still is glowing.