Song of the flax spinner (Henry David Leslie)

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  • (Posted 2020-12-07)  CPDL #61874:         
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2020-12-07).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 149 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Song of the flax spinner
Composer: Henry David Leslie
Lyricist: A Matthisoncreate page

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published:
Description: Originally published by Novello and Co, Part-song book second series No 877

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Original text and translations

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Brmm, brmm, brmm,
Lazily twirls her wheel,
Brmm, brmm, brmm,
The flax scarce leaves the reel,

Will the day ne'er end
And the sun descend,
Nor the evening shade
Steal up the glade?

Will he glad my sight,
Will he come tonight?

Doubtfully drones her wheel.

Brmm, brmm, brmm,
Merrily goes her wheel.
Weave, weave, weave,
The flax glides from the reel.

The twilight's here
And the moment near
When my love will wait
At the dark'ning gate,

But tonight, in play
I'll not glance that way.
She'll not glance that way.
Joyfully hums her wheel.

Brmm, brmm, brmm,
Solemnly purrs her wheel;
Vain, vain, vain,
No flax is on the reel.

Doth he wait
at the darkening gate?
No, no, he softly treads
O'er the flow'ry beds,

And the pleas'd surprise
On her sweet lip dies
How? who knows?
Modestly dumb's her wheel.