To Phoebe (John Frederick Bridge)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-20)  CPDL #63061:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-02-20).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 162 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: To Phoebe
Composer: John Frederick Bridge
Lyricist: William Schwenck Gilbert

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1894 The Orpheus no.281

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Original text and translations

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"Gentle, modest, little flower,
Sweet epitome of May,
Love me but for half-an-hour,
Love me, love me, little fay."
Sentences so fiercely flaming
In your tiny shell-like ear,
I should always be exclaiming
If I loved you, Phoebe, dear.

"Smiles that thrill from any distance
Shed upon me while I sing!
Please ecstaticise existence,
Love me, oh thou fairy thing!"
Words like these, outpouring sadly,
You'd perpetually hear,
If I loved you, fondly, madly;
But I do not, Phoebe, dear.