How sweet the answer (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-12-22). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 79 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Reformatting of #25130, with minor corrections to the underlay. A cappella version.
- Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2011-12-09). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 59 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Score updated 6 Nov 2020 with minor corrections
First published: 1897
Description: No. 1 from Six Modern Lyrics (1897):
- How sweet the answer
- Since thou, O fondest
- If I had but two little wings
- There rolls the deep
- What voice of gladness
- Music, when soft voices die
Original text and translations
How sweet the answer Echo makes
To music at night,
When, roused by lute or horn, she wakes,
And far away, o'er lawns and lakes,
Goes answering light.
Yet Love hath echoes truer far,
And far more sweet,
Than e'er beneath the moonlight's star,
Of horn or lute, or soft guitar,
The songs repeat.
'Tis when the sigh, in youth sincere,
And only then
The sigh that's breathed for one to hear,
Is by that one, that only dear,
Breathed back again.