Love’s Adieu (Arthur Wellesley Batson)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-20)  CPDL #75550:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-20).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 543 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Love’s Adieu
Composer: Arthur Wellesley Batson
Lyricist: Fergus Hume
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1892 Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

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    Hours are flying,
    Love is dying,
Love we thought would last for years;
    Time grows older,
    Hearts grow colder,
Joy gives place to bitter tears.

    Ah! tomorrow
    Holds but sorrow,
For your life and mine, ah me!
    All we cherished,
    Now hath perished,
Sands of time too swift have run.

    Ah! love never,
    Shall we ever,
Live those happy days again,
    We have parted,
From our eyes the sad tears rain.

    Sad and dreary,
    Wintry weary,
Days pass by for us, ah me!
    All our gladness
    Turns to sadness,
Love and life, alas, are done.