On fragrant myrtles (Wenzel Müller)

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  • (Posted 2022-04-11)  CPDL #68822:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-04-11).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 160 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: On fragrant myrtles
Composer: Wenzel Müller
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1879 The Orpheus (New series) no.70

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Original text and translations

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On fragrant myrtles let me lie,
And, Love, my slave, the wine supply.
Too soon we seek the Stygian gloom;
Time flies, and since to dust we go,
Why idly bid the incense flow,
And spill the juice upon the tomb?
Ah! rather let me quaff the wine,
And bid the rose my brow entwine,
While youth, while health, the bosom warms.
Then prithee, Love, delight my heart,
Ere death despatch his certain dart,
And bring a Hebe to my arms.