Gently touch the warbling lyre (Healey Willan)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78318:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 383 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Gently touch the warbling lyre
Composer: Healey Willan
Lyricist: Oliver Goldsmith
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1908 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Gently touch the warbling lyre,
Chloe seems inclined to rest,
Fill her soul with fond desire,
Softest notes will soothe her rest,
Pleasing dreams assist in love,
Let them all propitious prove.
On the moving bank she lies
(Nature’s verdant velvet bed),
Beauteous flowers meet her eyes,
Forming pillows for her head;
Zephyrs waft their odours round,
And indulging whispers sound.