To Daffodils (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-19)  CPDL #75514:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-19).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 581 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: To Daffodils
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Robert Herrick
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1879 Novello, Ewer, and Co.
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Original text and translations

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Fair daffodils, we weep to see
   You haste away so soon;
As yet the early-rising sun
   Has not attain’d his noon.
        Stay, stay
Until the hasting day
        Has run
     But to the evensong;
And, having pray’d together, we
     Will go with you along.

We have short time to stay, as you,
   We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
   As you, or anything.
        We die
As your hours do, and dry
        Away
     Like to the summer’s rain;
Or as the pearls of morning’s dew,
     Ne’er to be found again.