When you are old (Charles West)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-23)  CPDL #59333:     
Editor: Charles West (submitted 2020-06-23).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 29 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: I would appreciate notification by email (cghwest@yahoo.co.uk) of your intention to perform this work.

General Information

Title: When You Are Old
Composer: Charles West
Lyricist: William Butler Yatescreate page

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SA(A)TB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2019

External websites:

Original text and translations

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When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
 And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
 And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
 Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

 How many loved your moments of glad grace,
 And loved your beauty with love false or true,
 But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
 And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

 And bending down beside the glowing bars,
 Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
 And paced upon the mountains overhead
 And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.