If love and all the world were young (Samuel Webbe)

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  • CPDL #32150:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2014-06-01).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 69 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The octave-below-treble clef of the source has been retained for the Alto part. Appoggiature interpreted as normal notes. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: If love and all the world were young
Composer: Samuel Webbe
Lyricist: Walter Raleigh

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: ATTB or TTTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella


Description: The lyrics (slightly altered) are taken from Sir Walter Raleigh's riposte to Christopher Marlowe's Come live with me, and be my love.

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Original text and translations

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1  If love and all the world were young,
And truth on ev'ry shepherd's tongue,
Thy fancied pleasures might me move,
And I might listen to thy love.

2  But time drives flocks from field to fold;
The rivers rage, and hills grow cold,
Then drooping Philomel is dumb,
And age complains of care to come.

4  Thy gowns, thy belts, thy beds of roses,
Thy cap, thy kirtle, and thy posies,
All these to me can nothing move,
To live with thee and be thy love.

6  If youth could last, and love remain,
Had joy no date, and age no pain,
Then these delights my mind might move,
And I might listen to thy love.