I asked my fair, one happy day (Francis Champneys)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-12).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 621 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: I asked my fair, one happy day
Composer: Francis Champneys
Lyricist: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1884

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Original text and translations

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I asked my fair one happy day,
What I should call her in my lay;
By what sweet name from Rome or Greece,—
Lalage, Neæra,, Chloris,
Sappho, Lesbia, Doris,
Arethusa, or Lucrece.
“Ah!” replied my gentle fair,
“Beloved, what are names, but air?
Choose thou whatever suits the line;
Call me Sappho, call me Chloris,
Call me Lalage or Doris,
Only, only call me thine.”