Take, O tale those lips away (Claude Ernest Cover)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-06)  CPDL #76091:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-06).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 380 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Take, O tale those lips away
Composer: Claude Ernest Cover
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: ca. 1895 F.R. Spark and Son

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Original text and translations

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Take, O, take those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn;
And those eyes, the break of day,
Lights that do mislead the morn:
But my kisses bring again;
Seals of love, but sealed in vain.

Measure for Measure
Act 4, Scene 1