The foggy dew (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • (Posted 2024-03-07)  CPDL #79432:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-03-07).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 490 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The foggy dew
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyricist: Alfred Perceval Graves
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1922 Boosey & Co.

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Original text and translations

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Oh! a wan cloud was drawn
O’er the dim, weeping dawn,
As to Shannon’s side I returned at last;
And the heart in my breast
For the girl I loved best
Was beating— ah, beating, how loud and fast!
While the doubts and the fears
Of the long, aching years
Seemed mingling their voices with the moaning flood;
Till full in my path,
Like a wild water-wraith,
My true love’s shadow lamenting stood.

But the sudden sun kissed
The cold, cruel mist
Into dancing showers of diamond dew;
And the dark flowing stream
Laughed back to his beam,
And the lark soared singing aloft in the blue;
While no phantom of night,
But a form of delight
Ran with arms outspread to her darling boy:
And the girl I loved best
On my wild, throbbing breast
Hid her thousand treasures, with a cry of joy.