It is this (Alexander Campbell Mackenzie)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-14)  CPDL #77311:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-14).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 439 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: It is this
Composer: Alexander Campbell Mackenzie
Lyricist: Thomas Moore
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1876 Novello, Ewer, and Co.
Description: Part Songs for Mixed voices, Opus 8, No. 1

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Original text and translations

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Come hither, come hither, by night and by day,
We linger in pleasures that never are gone;
Like the waves of the summer, as one dies away,
Another as sweet and as shining comes on.
And the love that is o’er, in expiring, gives birth
To a new one as warm, as unequalled in bliss;
And oh! if there be an Elysium on earth,
It is this, it is this, it is this, it is this.

Here maidens are sighing, and fragrant their sigh
As the flower of the Amra just oped by a bee;
And precious their tears as that rain from the sky,
Which turns into pearls as it falls in the sea.
Oh! think what the kiss and the smile must be worth,
When the sigh and the tear are so perfect in bliss;
And own, if there be an Elysium on earth,
It is this, it is this, it is this, it is this.

Here sparkles the nectar that, hallowed by love,
Could draw down those angels of old from their sphere;
Who for wine of this earth left the fountains above,
And forgot heaven’s stars for the eyes we have here,
And blessed with the odour our goblets give forth.
What spirit the sweets of this Eden would miss?
For oh, if there be an Elysium on earth,
It is this, it is this, it is this, it is this.

from Lalla Rookh (1817)