Robin Adair (William Rhys-Herbert)

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  • (Posted 2024-01-24)  CPDL #78871:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-01-24).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 231 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Robin Adair
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: William Rhys-Herbert
Lyricist: Caroline Keppel
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1905 J. Fischer & Bro.
Description: Scottish Air

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Original text and translations

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What’s this dull town to me?
Robin’s not near:
What was’t I wish’d to see?
What wish’d to hear?
Where’s all the joy and mirth,
Made this town a heaven on earth?
Oh! they’re all fled with thee,
Robin Adair.

What made the assembly shine?
Robin Adair.
What made the ball so fine?
Robin was there:
What when the play was o’er,
What made my heart so sore?
Oh! it was parting with
Robin Adair.

But now thou’rt cold to me
Robin Adair,
But now thou’rt cold to me
Robin Adair:
Yet him I lov’d so well,
Still in my heart shall dwell;
Oh! I can ne’er forget
Robin Adair.