A Birthday (Charles West)

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  • (Posted 2016-07-18)   CPDL #40410:     
Editor: Charles West (submitted 2016-07-18).   Score information: A4, 19 pages, 211 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: I would appreciate notification by email (cghwest@yahoo.co.uk) of intention to perform this work.

General Information

Title: A Birthday
Composer: Charles West
Lyricist: Christina Rossetti

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: AATTBarB
Genre: Secular

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 2016

Description:

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Original text and translations

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My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;

My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder that all these
Because my love is come to me.

Singing birds and apple trees
Rainbow shells and halcyon seas,
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;

Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

Silk and down and purple dyes,
Peacocks with a hundred eyes;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.