The Wreath (Julius Benedict)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-21)  CPDL #75595:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 632 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Wreath
Composer: Julius Benedict
Lyricist: Vincent Bourne
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1878 Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Sweet, lovely, chaste,
Ye lillies, haste,
That in the valleys breathe:
To Phillis haste,
Sweet, lovely, haste,
For Phillis twine the wreath.

Ye roses, come,
With virgin-bloom,
The pride of gardens own’d;
That from your bed
Diffusive shed
Ambrosial odours round.

Ye violets too,
In fields that grow,
And drink the vernal dew;
That dash the woods,
The meads, the floods,
With drops of purple hue.

All, all be joined,
Of every kind,
Flowers, herbs; the sweet, the gay;
Twist arm in arm,
Weave charm with charm,
To Phillis haste away.

To all one date
Assigns not fate,
As plain, too plain, appears;
Your glories live,
Days four or five,
But her’s as many years.

Yet gentlest race,
Your fleeting grace
To blooming Phillis lend:
And, as you fade,
Remind the maid,
That years, like days, must end.

Vincent Bourne (1695-1747)
trans. from the original Latin verse by D. Lewis