Love wakes and sleeps (George Alexander Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-13)  CPDL #77244:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 354 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Love wakes and sleeps
Composer: George Alexander Macfarren
Lyricist: Walter Scott
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1874 Lamborn Cock & Co.

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Original text and translations

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Love wakes and weeps
While Beauty sleeps!
O for Music’s softest numbers,
To prompt a theme
For Beauty’s dream,
Soft as the pillow of her slumbers!

Through groves of palm
Sigh gales of balm,
Fire-flies on the air are wheeling;
While through the gloom
Comes soft perfume,
The distant beds of flowers revealing.

O wake and live!
No dreams can give
A shadow’d bliss, the real excelling;
No longer sleep,
From lattice peep,
And list the tale that Love is telling.

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