Fly, singing bird (Edward Elgar)

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  • (Posted 2021-11-12)  CPDL #66679:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-11-12).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 359 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2020-07-19)  CPDL #59781:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2020-07-19).   Score information: Letter, 13 pages, 188 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: errors corrected

General Information

Title: Fly, Singing Bird
Composer: Edward Elgar
Lyricist: Caroline Alice Elgar

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English

First published: 1895 Novllo's Octavo edition for Trios etc. of Female voices no.307
Description: Accompaniment for 2 Violins and piano

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Original text and translations

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Fly, singing bird, fly,
From the wood where lies shelter'd thy nest,
From the tree whence thou pourest thy song,
Fly away, far away to the west,
Tell my love that I wait,
Ah! too long and lonely, I wait and sigh.

Fly, singing bird, fly,
O'er the blossoming meadows, where grow
Yellow cowslips and daffodils pale.
Say I wait where anemones blow,
Weary wait, till with waiting,
I fail, and failing, I sigh.

Fly, singing bird, fly,
Leave thy nest 'midst the wood, lone, unsought,
Leave the cradling boughs, spread thy wing,
And swift as my following thought,
Onward speed, and swift flying, still sing,
Come, or I die!