I cannot sing the old songs (Charlotte Alington Barnard)

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Editor: Stan Sanderson (submitted 2004-04-08).   Score information: A4/Letter, 2 pages, 57 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: I Cannot Sing the Old Songs
Composer: Charlotte Alington Barnard
Lyricist: Charlotte Alington Barnard

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

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Original text and translations

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I cannot sing the old songs,
I sung long years ago
For heart and voice would fail me,
And foolish tears would flow;
For bygone hours come o'er my heart,
with each familiar strain
I cannot sing the old songs,
Or dream those dreams again.

I cannot sing the old songs,
Their charm is sad and deep;
Their melodies would waken
Old sorrows from their sleep;
And though all unforgotten still,
and sadly sweet they be,
I cannot sing the old songs,
They are too dear to me.

I cannot sing the old songs,
For visions come again,
Of golden dreams departed
And years of weary pain;
Perhaps when earthly fetters
shall have set my spirit free,
My voice may know the old songs,
For all eternity.