Three sleeps (John Gerrard Williams)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78334:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 438 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Three sleeps
Composer: John Gerrard Williams
Lyricist: Frederick Wyville Home
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1920 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Life had not heard of Love,
Nor dreamed in sleep there-of;
The Soul within him lay
Unwakened night and day.
Sweet is the sleep that is dreamless.

’Twixt Lily and Violet
The Soul and Love first met;
They drank delight full deep;
Till joy was crowned with sleep.
Sweet is the sleep that is dreamless.

Time, who lets nothing rest,
Lured Life on some new quest;
The Soul flew far and wide,
But Love lay down and died.
Sweet is the sleep that is dreamless.