Marian (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • CPDL #16570:         (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2008-04-10).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Marian
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: George Meredith

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Tenor solo
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Published: 1907

Description: English Lyrics Set 8 No. 3. Lyrics originally composed for his wife, Mary. By the time it was published she had already left him, so Mary became "Marian" and wife became "maid" in the final edition, "Modern Love", published in 1862.

  1. Whence
  2. Nightfall in Winter
  3. Marian
  4. Dirge in woods
  5. Looking backward
  6. Grapes

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Original text and translations

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She can be as wise as we,
And wiser when she wishes;
She can knit with cunning wit,
And dress the homely dishes.

She can flourish staff or pen,
And deal a wound that lingers,
She can talk the talk of men,
And touch with thrilling fingers.

Match her ye across the sea,
Natures fond and fiery;
Ye who zest the turtle's nest
With the eagle's eyrie.

Soft and loving is her soul,
Swift and lofty soaring;
Mixing with its dove-like dole
Passionate adoring.

Such a she who'll match with me ?
In flying or persuing,
Subtle wiles are in her smiles
To set a world a wooing.

She is steadfast as a star
And yet the maddest maiden:
She can wage a gallant war,
And give the peace of Eden.

Lyrics: George Meredith - (1828 - 1909)