Love's question and reply (John B. Grant)

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  • (Posted 2020-03-27)  CPDL #57714:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-03-27).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 101 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Love's question and reply
Composer: John B. Grant
Lyricist: Charles Mackay

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1882 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 15, no. 423


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Original text and translations

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I send a letter to my dear
Each morning by the lark,
And ev'ry night the nightingale
Brings answer ere the dark.
The question needs no other words,
And this is the reply:
I'll love thee, dearest, while I live,
And bless thee if I die.

I send a message by the rose,
It says, Thou breathing grace,
Thy modest virtue, like this flower,
Spreads fragrance round thy place.
The lily brings the answer meet,
O thou whom I adore,
My heart is spotless as these leaves,
And loves thee evermore.