Phoebe (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • (Posted 2024-03-08)  CPDL #79454:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-03-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 545 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2008-01-24)  CPDL #15829:   
Editor: Robin Doveton (submitted 2008-01-24).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 203 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Phoebe
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyricist: Thomas Lodge
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1892 Novello, Ewer, and Co.
Description: Six Elizabethan Pastorals [set 1], Opus 49, No. 6


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Original text and translations

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Phoebe sat
Sweet she sat,
Sweet sat Phoebe when I saw her,
White her brow,
Coy her eye:
Brow and eye how much you please me!
Words I spent,
Sighs I sent;
Sighs and words could never draw her.
Oh my love
Thou art lost
Since no sight could ever ease thee.

Phoebe sat
By a fount;
Sitting by a fount I spied her:
Sweet her touch,
Rare her voice;
Touch and voice what may distain you!
As she sung,
I did sigh,
And by sighs whilst that I tried her,
Oh mine eyes!
You did lose
Her first sight, whose want doth pain you.

Phoebe’s flocks
White as wool,
Yet were Phoebe’s locks more whiter.
Phoebe’s eyes,
Dove-like mild,
Dove-like eyes both mild and cruel;
Montan swears,
In your lamps
He will die for to delight her.
Phoebe, yield,
Or I die:
Shall true hearts be fancy’s fuel?