O Mistress Mine (Henry Kimball Hadley)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-23)  CPDL #76565:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-23).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 298 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: O Mistress Mine
Composer: Henry Kimball Hadley
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1918 G. Schirmer
Description: Three Poems by Shakespeare, Opus 81, No. 3

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love’s coming
     That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journeys end in lovers’ meeting—
     Every wise man’s son doth know.

What is love? ’tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
     What’s to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,—
Then come kiss me, Sweet-and-twenty,
     Youth’s a stuff will not endure.

Twelfth Night
Act 2, Scene 3
Original text and translations may be found at O mistress mine.