The Cottager to her infant (R. F. Martin Akerman)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-13).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 182 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Cottager to her infant
Composer: R. F. Martin Akerman
Lyricist: Dorothy Mae Ann Wordsworth
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1902 Novello, Ewer, & Co.
Description: Text is by Dorothy Mae Ann Wordsworth (1771–1855), sister of William Wordsworth (1770–1850). Published in “The Complete Poetical Works, by William Wordsworth” (1888). Wordsworth notes in the 1888 publication: BY MY SISTER “Suggested to her while beside my sleeping children.”

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Original text and translations

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The days are cold, the nights are long,
The north-wind sings a doleful song;
Then hush again upon my breast;
All merry things are now at rest,
Save thee, my pretty Love!

Nay! start not at that sparkling light;
'Tis but the moon that shines so bright
On the window pane bedropped with rain:
Then, little Darling! sleep again,
And wake when it is day.