Mopsa (Charles L. Williams)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78323:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 446 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Mopsa
Composer: Charles L. Williams
Lyricist: Thomas Moore
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

English.png English text

My Mopsa is little, my Mopsa is brown,
And her cheek is a smooth as the peach’s soft down,
And for blushing no rose can come near her:
In short she has woven such nets round my heart,
That I ne’er from my dear little Mopsa can part—
Unless I can find one that’s dearer.

Her voice hath a music that dwells on the ear,
And her eye from its orb gives a daylight so clear,
That I’m dazzled whenever I meet her!
Her ringlets so curly are Cupid’s own net,
And her lips, oh! their sweetness I ne’er shall forget—
Till I light upon lips that are sweeter.

But ’tis not her beauty that charms me alone,
’Tis her mind, ’tis her language whose eloquent tone
From the depths of the grave could revive one.
In short here I swear that if death were her doom,
I would instantly join my dead love in the tomb—
Unless I could meet with a live one.

Translated from the Greek by Thomas Moore