If I had but two little wings (Charles E. Whiting)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78314:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 323 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: If I had but two little wings
Composer: Charles E. Whiting
Lyricist: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1890 D. C. Heath and Company
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Original text and translations

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If I had but two little wings
And were a little feathery bird,
To you I’d fly, my dear!
But thoughts like these are idle things
And I stay here.

But in my sleep to you I fly:
I’m always with you in my sleep!
The world is all one’s own.
And then one wakes, and where am I?
All, all alone.

Sleep stays not, though a monarch bids:
So I love to wake ere break of day:
For though my sleep be gone,
Yet while ’tis dark, one shuts one’s lids,
And still dreams on.