O lady, leave thy silken thread (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2019-11-23)   CPDL #56022:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-23).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 138 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: O lady, leave thy silken thread
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: Thomas Hood

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 9, no. 278

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Original text and translations

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O Lady, leave thy silken thread
And flowery tapestry;
There's living roses on the bush,
And blossoms on the tree;
Stoop where thou wilt, thy careless hand
Some random bud will meet;
Thou canst not tread, but thou wilt find
The daisy at thy feet.

'Tis like the birthday of the world,
When earth was born in bloom;
The light is made of many dyes,
The air is all perfume;
There's crimson buds, and white and blue,
The very rainbow showers
Have turn'd to blossoms where they fell,
And sown the earth with flowers.

There's fairy tulips in the east,
The garden of the sun;
The very streams reflect the hues,
And blossom as they run:
While morn opes like a crimson rose,
Still wet with pearly showers;
Then, lady, leave the silken thread
Thou twinest into flowers.