A Birthday (Carlotta Ferrari)

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  • (Posted 2017-12-11)  CPDL #47967:     
Editor: Carlotta Ferrari (submitted 2017-12-11).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 133 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A Birthday

Composer: Carlotta Ferrari
Lyricist: Christina Rossetti

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2017

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Original text and translations

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My heart is like a singing bird
whose nest is in a watered shoot,
my heart is like an apple tree
whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit,
my heart is like a rainbow shell
that paddles in a purple sea;
my heart is gladder than all these
because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down,
Hang it with vair and purple dyes,
carve it in doves and pomegranates,
and peacocks with a hundred eyes;
work it in gold and silver grapes,
in leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
because the birthday of my life
is come, my love, is come to me.