Isle of Beauty (Samuel Coleridge-Taylor)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-05)  CPDL #76059:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-05).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 516 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Isle of Beauty
Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Lyricist: Thomas Haynes Bayly
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1920 Augener Ltd.

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Original text and translations

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Shades of ev’ning, close not o’er us,
Leave our lonely bark awhile!
Morn, alas! will not restore us
Yonder dim and distant Isle;
Still my fancy can discover
Sunny spots where friends may dwell;
Darker shadows round us hover;
Isle of Beauty, fare thee well!

When the waves are round me breaking,
As I pace the deck alone,
And my eye in vain is seeking
Some green leaf to rest upon;
What would not I give to wander
Where my old companions dwell?
Absence makes the heart grow fonder,
Isle of Beauty, fare thee well!