How I love the festive boy, Op.8, no.2 (Alexander Campbell Mackenzie)

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General Information

Title: How I love the festive boy
Composer: Alexander Campbell Mackenzie
Lyricist: Thomas Moore

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1879 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 12, no. 352
Description: Part Songs for Mixed voices, Opus 8, No. 2

Translation by Thomas Moore of Ode XXXIX from Odes of Anacreon.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

How I love the festive boy,
Tripping through the dance of joy.
How I love the mellow sage,
Smiling through the veil of age.
And whene'er this man of years
In the dance of joy appears,
Age is on his temples hung,
But his heart, his heart is young.

Translation by Thomas Moore