The sun shines fair on Carlisle wall (Clara Angela Macirone)

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  • (Posted 2019-05-04)   CPDL #54131:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-05-04).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 130 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: The sun shines fair on Carlisle wall
Composer: Clara Angela Macirone
Lyricist: Walter Scott

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book Series 2, Volume 2, no. 73

Description: Omits vv. 2 & 4 of the original poem.

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Original text and translations

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1  There was an English ladye bright,
(The sun shines fair on Carlisle wall,)
And she would marry a Scottish knight,
For Love will still be lord of all.

2  Her sire gave brooch and jewel fine,
Where the sun shines fair on Carlisle wall;
Her brother gave but a flask of wine,
For ire that Love was lord of all.

3  That wine she had not tasted well
(The sun shines fair on Carlisle wall,)
When dead, in her true love's arms, she fell,
For Love was still the lord of all!

4  He pierced her brother to the heart,
Where the sun shines fair on Carlisle wall:--
So perish all would true love part
That Love may still be lord of all!

5  And then he took the cross divine,
Where the sun shines fair on Carlisle wall,
And died for her sake in Palestine;
So Love was still the lord of all.

6  Now all ye lovers, that faithful prove,
(The sun shines fair on Carlisle wall,)
Pray for their souls who died for love,
For Love shall still be lord of all!