Two lovers (Eduard Hecht)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-26)  CPDL #76715:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-26).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 804 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2020-06-07)  CPDL #59115:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-06-07).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 150 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Two Lovers
Composer: Eduard Hecht
Lyricist: George Eliot

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1884 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 17, no. 474

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Original text and translations

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Two lovers by a moss-grown spring:
They leaned soft cheeks together there,
Mingled the dark and sunny hair,
And heard the wooing thrushes sing.
    O budding time!
    O love's blest prime!

Two wedded from the portal stept:
The bells made happy carollings,
The air was soft as fanning wings,
White petals on the pathway slept.
    O pure-eyed bride!
    O tender pride!

Two faces o'er a cradle bent:
Two hands above the head were locked:
These pressed each other while they rocked,
Those watched a life that love had sent.
    O solemn hour!
    O hidden power!

Two parents by the evening fire:
The red light fell about their knees
On heads that rose by slow degrees
Like buds upon the lily spire.
    O patient life!
    O tender strife!

The two still sat together there,
The red light shone about their knees;
But all the heads by slow degrees
Had gone and left that lonely pair.
    O voyage fast!
    O vanished past!

The red light shone upon the floor
And made the space between them wide;
They drew their chairs up side by side,
Their pale cheeks joined, and said, "Once more!"
    O memories!
    O past that is!

Mary Ann Evans, under her pen name George Eliot