Daffodils (Frederick St. John Lacy)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-06)  CPDL #77018:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-06).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 427 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Daffodils
Composer: Frederick St. John Lacy
Lyricist: Robert Herrick
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1891 Novello, Ewer, and Co.
Description: Six Part-songs, Op. 7 No. 1

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Original text and translations

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Fair daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon;
As yet the early-rising sun
Has not attain’d his noon.
Stay, stay
Until the hasting day
Has run
But to the evensong;
And, having pray’d together, we
Will go with you along.

We have short time to stay, as you,
We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
As you, or anything.
We die
As your hours do, and dry
Away
Like to the summer’s rain;
Or as the pearls of morning’s dew,
Ne’er to be found again.