Low dies the day (Henry Charles Banister)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-18)  CPDL #75469:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 406 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Low dies the day
Composer: Henry Charles Banister
Lyricist: Elliot Stock
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1874 Lamborn Cock

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Original text and translations

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Low dies the day;
So fades away
     My light, at thy departing:
Heart’s-life of mine,
This whim of thine
     Doth work thy swain’s unhearting.

Though fading light
Gives way to night,
     Kind Phoebus ’bates his measure:
What cheering ray
Can chase away
     The night of thy displeasure?

O list my plaint:
My heart falls faint
     Beneath thy cruel scorning:
Ah me! forlorn,
I wait till morn,
     Thy favour’s welcome dawning.

As breaks the day
In glad array
     So comes my lady’s heeding;
Love lives by lack,
Yet cometh back
     To find its needful feeding.