Looking backward (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • (Posted 2008-04-14)  CPDL #16621:         (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2008-04-14).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Looking Backward
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: Julian Sturgis

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Tenor solo
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1907 in English Lyrics, Set 8, no. 5

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Original text and translations

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O my child love,
my love of long ago,
How great was life
when thou and I were young !
The world was boundless,
For we did not know;
A life, a poem,
For we had not sung.

Now is the world grown small
and we thereon
Fill with mere care and toil
each narrow day;
Elves from the wood,
Dreams from my heart are gone
And heaven is bare,
for God is far away.

Canst thou not come
and touch my hand again,
And I look on thee
with grave and inocent eyes ?
Thy God has many angels;
I would fain Woo for one hour
One angel from the skies.

O my child love,
come back come back to me,
And, laughing, lead me
from the toil and din !
Lay on my heart
those small hands tenderly
And let the whole world in.

Lyrics: Julian Sturgis - (1848 - 1904), "Looking Backwards"