Only thou (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2019-08-02)  CPDL #54954:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-08-02).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Only thou
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricists: Ernst Conrad Friedrich Schultze, translated Alfred Baskerville

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1872 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 5, no. 171

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Original text and translations

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When the evening's glow is faded,
Moon and stars o'er heaven soar,
And when moon and stars wax paler,
Steps the sun thro' golden door.
In the rosy tints of heaven,
In the sun's illuming zone,
In the stars and in the moonbeam
I behold thy face alone.

Others come and pass before me,
But I lift not up mine eyes;
From afar I feel thy coming,
Ere thy form I recognise.
But when thou dost stand beside me,
Indistinct thy form appears,
For with joy and pain and trembling,
Are mine eyes suffused with tears.