I live not where I love (Geoffrey Shaw)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-07)  CPDL #77909:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-07).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 311 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: I live not where I love
Composer: Geoffrey Shaw
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1915 J. Curwen & Sons
Description: Six Traditional Melodies, No. 1

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Original text and translations

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Peaceful flows the winding river,
By the weeping willow tree,
Pretty bloom the gay primroses,
In the meadow where they be.
Joyful sings the lark in heaven,
Gently coos the turtle dove;
But my heart is heavy in me,
For I live not where I love.

I would be with Mary wand’ring
O’er the hill and o’er the lea;
With her I’d be gath’ring flowers
Growing in my own country.
Joyful sings the lark in heaven,
Gently coos the turtle dove;
But my heart is heavy in me,
For I live not where I love.