Beauty sat bathing by a spring (Ernest John Moeran)

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  • (Posted 2024-04-06)  CPDL #80016:         
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2024-04-06).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 164 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Beauty sat bathing by a spring
Composer: Ernest John Moeran
Lyricist: Anthony Munday
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1939
Description: Originally published by Novello and Co Ltd,

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Original text and translations

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Beauty sat bathing by a spring,
Where fairest shades did hide her;
The winds blew calm, the birds did sing,
The cool streams ran beside her.
My wanton thoughts enticed mine eye
To see what was forbidden:
But better memory said Fie;
So vain desire was chidden—
Hey nonny nonny O!
Hey nonny nonny!

Into a slumber then I fell,
And fond imagination
Seemed to see, but could not tell,
Her feature or her fashion:
But ev'n as babes in dreams do smile,
And sometimes fall a-weeping,
So I awaked as wise that while
As when I fell a-sleeping.