O happy eyes, Op. 18, No. 1 (Edward Elgar)
- Editor: Wim Looyestijn (submitted 2018-05-19). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 57 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Edition without keyboard reduction.
- Editor: Michael Gibson (submitted 2007-01-29). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 270 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
First published: 1907
Original text and translations
O happy eyes, for you will see
My love, my lady pass today;
What I may not, that may you say
And ask for answer daringly.
O happy eyes.
O happy flow'rs that touch her dress,
That touch her dress and take her smile,
O whisper to her all the while
Some words of love in idleness.
O happy flowers.
O happy airs that touch her cheek,
And lightly kiss and float away,
So carelessly as if in play,
Why take ye all the joy I seek?
O happy eyes my love to see,
Alas! alas! I may not greet
With word or touch my lady sweet;
More happy eyes, say all for me.