Shall I tell you whom I love (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)

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  • (Posted 2020-03-31)  CPDL #57796:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-03-31).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 119 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Shall I tell you whom I love
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Lyricist: William Browne

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano (and vc?)

First published: 1862
  2nd published: 1882 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 15, no. 421

Description: The text differs in parts from Browne's original. (See italicised text). New Grove describes the instrumentation as vc & piano, and lists a 2nd version for solo voice, vc, pf (1868).

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Original text and translations

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Shall I tell you whom I love?
Then give ear awhile to me;
And if such a woman move
As my verse shall make you see,
Be assured 'tis she, or none,
Whom I love, and love alone.

Wit she hath, but no desire
To make known how much she hath;
And her anger flames no higher
Than may serve to temper wrath.
Full of pity as may be,
Though perchance not so to me.

Reason rules her every sense,
And her virtues match her birth;
Charming in her excellence,
Modest in her utmost mirth,
She is made as if to prove
Worth alone can kindle love.

Such she is: and if you know
Such a one as I have sung;
Be her station high or low,
So she be but somewhat young;
Be assured 'tis she, or none,
Whom I love, and love alone.