The White Witch (Frederick St. John Lacy)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-06)  CPDL #77021:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-06).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 478 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The White Witch
Composer: Frederick St. John Lacy
Lyricist: George John Whyte-Melville
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1891 Novello, Ewer, and Co.
Description: Six Part-songs, Op. 7 No. 4

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Original text and translations

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Have a care! she is fair,
The White Witch there;
In her crystal cave up a jewelled stair;
She has spells for the living would waken the dead,
And they lurk in the line of her lip so red,
And they lurk in the turn of her delicate head,
And the golden gleam on her hair.

Forbear! have a care
Of that beauty so rare;
Of the pale proud face and the queen-like air,
And the love-lighted glances that deepen and shine,
And the coil of bright tresses that glisten and twine,
And the whispers that madden, like kisses or wine,
Too late! too late to beware!

Never heed! never spare!
Never fear! never care!
It is sweeter to love, it is wiser to dare!
Lonely and longing, and looking for you,
She has woven the meshes you cannot break through;
She has taken your heart, you may follow it too,
Up the jewelled stair, good luck to you there!
In the crystal cave with the witch so fair,
The White Witch fond and fair!