While she lies sleeping (Ernest John Moeran)

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  • (Posted 2024-04-06)  CPDL #80015:         
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2024-04-06).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: While she lies sleeping
Composer: Ernest John Moeran
Lyricist: Anonymous
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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Weep you no more, sad fountains;
What need you flow so fast?
Look how the snowy mountains
Heaven’s sun doth gently waste.
But my sun’s heavenly eyes
View not your weeping,
That now lie sleeping
Softly, now softly lies
Sleeping.

Sleep is a reconciling,
A rest that peace begets.
Doth not the sun rise smiling
When fair at even he sets?
Rest you then, rest, sad eyes,
Melt not in weeping
While she lies sleeping
Softly, now softly lies sleeping.