The secret (James Holmes Rosecrans)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-06-04).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 352 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The secret
Composer: James Holmes Rosecrans
Lyricist: Charles Millard Fillmore
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, S solo
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1886 Filmore Brothers

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Original text and translations

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I’m happy and free, light-hearted and gay,
I laugh and dance and sing all day,
And drive all grief and care away;
Attentive now be,
And listen to me,
The precious secret of my heart,
I will gladly impart.
Oh come, this secret so rare reveal,
This precious secret no longer conceal;
We all would banish our care away,
And would laugh and sing all the day.

Then listen to me, attentive now be,
And learn this lesson rare and sweet,
The source of happiness complete;
Would you happy be,
Light-hearted and free,
Make glad the hearts of those about you,
And happy you’ll be.
Oh yes, this secret is wondrous rare,
And great in value beyond all compare;
Then let us follow the precept taught,
The true path where pleasure is sought.