The treasure of my heart (Ernest John Moeran)

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  • (Posted 2024-04-06)  CPDL #80013:         
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2024-04-06).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The treasure of my heart
Composer: Ernest John Moeran
Lyricist: Sir Philip Sidneycreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1939
Description: Originally published by Novello and Co Ltd.

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Original text and translations

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Lock up, fair lids, the treasure of my heart
Preserve those beams, this age's only light.
To her sweet sense, sweet sleep, some ease impart
Her sense too weak to bear her spirit's might.

And while, O sleep, thou closest up her sight
Her light where love did forge his fairest dart:
O harbour all her parts in easeful plight,
Let no strange dream make her fair body start.

But yet, O dream, if thou wilt not depart
In this rare subject, from thy common right:
But wilt thy self in such a feat delight;
Then take my shape, and play a lover's part.

Kiss her from me, and say unto her sprite,
Till her eyes shine, I live in darkness night.