Disdain returned (Elizabeth Stirling)

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  • (Posted 2022-02-09)  CPDL #67984:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-02-09).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 246 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Disdain returned
Composer: Elizabeth Stirling
Lyricist: J. Dunstoncreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1880 The Orpheus no.47

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Original text and translations

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He that loves a rosy cheek,
Or a coral lip admires,
Or from star-like eyes doth seek
Fuel to maintain his fires;
As old Time makes these decay,
So his flames must waste away.

But a smooth and steadfast mind,
Gentle thoughts and calm desires,
Hearts with equal love combined,
Kindle never-dying fires;
Where these are not I despise}
Lovely cheeks, or lips, or eyes.

No tears Celia now shall win,
My resolved heart to return;
I have searched thy soul within,
And find nought but pride and scorn,
I have learned thy arts, and now
Can disdain as much as thou.