Echo's last word (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-06)  CPDL #56558:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-01-06).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Echo's Last Word
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: W. S. Passmore

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1879 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 12, no. 361

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Original text and translations

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1  "What! again at thy revels, thou wanton what-not
With no purpose but mortals to mock?
Ever haunting the cloister, or wild mountain pass,
The lone forest, the cavern, or rock!
Tell me, Echo, what art thou, shade, elfin or fay,
Water-sprite, or some mystical bird,
That unseen by us ever, dost hear and repeat,
E'en the fond lover's whispered last word?"

2  As I spoke a clear voice from the hilltops above
Seemed to tread on the heels of my own;
And the moment I ceased, in the sweetest of tones,
Came a sound like a musical moan!
"Ah! That last word," sighed Echo, "my fate hangs thereon,
I am neither elf, fairy, nor bird,
But the ghost of a fair one, condemned to reply,
Just because she would have the last word!"