They whom we loved on earth (Frederick Westlake)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-15)  CPDL #78279:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-15).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 530 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: They whom we loved on earth
Composer: Frederick Westlake
Lyricist: Frederick William Faber
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, B divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1873 Lamborn Cock& Co.

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Original text and translations

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They whom we loved on earth
Attract us now to Heaven;
Who shared our grief and mirth
Again to us are given.
They move with noiseless foot
Full grave and sweet around us,
And their soft touch hath cut
The chains of earth that bound us.

Yet not as in the days
Of earthly ties we love them;
For they are touched with rays
From light that is above them:
Another sweetness shines
Around their well-known features;
And God with glory signs
His dearly ransomed creatures.