Before me, careless lying (Charles Harford Lloyd)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-09)  CPDL #77158:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-09).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 764 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Before me, careless lying
Composer: Charles Harford Lloyd
Lyricist: Henry Austin Dobson
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB, divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1900 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Before me, careless lying,
Young Love his wares comes crying;
Full soon the elf untreasures
His pack of pains and pleasures—
With roguish eye,
He bids me buy,
From out his pack of treasures.

His wallet’s stuffed with blisses,
With true-love-knots and kisses,
With rings and rosy fetters,
And sugared vows and letters—
He holds them out
With boyish flout,
And bids me try the fetters.

Nay, Child, (I cry,) I know them;
There’s little need to show them!
Too well for new believing
I know their past deceiving—
I am too old
(I say,) and cold,
Today, for new believing!

But still the wanton presses,
With honey-sweet caresses,
And still, to my undoing,
He wins me, with his wooing,
To buy his wares
With all their cares,
Their sorrow and undoing!