Phillis the Fair (Walter Galpin Alcock)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-13)  CPDL #75375:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-13).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 713 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Phillis the Fair
Composer: Walter Galpin Alcock
Lyricist: Robert Burns
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1904 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

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While larks with little wing
Fann’d the pure air,
Viewing the breathing spring,
Forth I did fare:
Gay, the sun’s golden eye
Peep’d o’er the mountains high;
Such thy morn! did I cry,
“Phillis the fair.”

In each bird’s careless song,
Glad, I did share;
While yon wild flowers among
Chance led me there:
Sweet to the opening day,
Rosebuds bent the dewy spray;
“Such thy bloom,” did I say,
“Phillis the fair.”

Down in a shady walk,
Doves cooing were;
I mark’d the cruel hawk,
Caught in a snare:
So kind may Fortune be,
Such make his destiny!
He who would injure thee,
Phillis the fair.