To a Rosebud (Charles Wenham Smith)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #78027:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 604 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: To a Rosebud
Composer: Charles Wenham Smith
Lyricist: Samuel J. Macdonaldcreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1890 Geo. Molineux

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Original text and translations

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Fair budding rose, sweet broken
Of hopes that fluttering rise,
Of love, as yet unspoken,
That beams from telltale eyes;

How shalt thou reign resplendent,
Queen rose on beauty’s throne?
What bliss be mine transcendent,
When love comes to his own?

Fair rosebud, brief thy glory,
Thou reignest but a day!
Though youthful head’s grow hoary,
Love rules the heart for aye!