When he, who adores thee (William Rhys-Herbert)

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  • (Posted 2024-01-24)  CPDL #78875:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-01-24).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 262 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: When he, who adores thee
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: William Rhys-Herbert
Lyricist: Thomas Moore
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1904 J. Fischer & Bro.
Description: IRISH AIR: THE FOX’S SLEEP

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Original text and translations

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When he, who adores thee, has left but the name
  Of his fault and his sorrows behind,
Oh! say wilt thou weep, when they darken the fame
  Of a life that for thee was resign’d?
Yes, weep, and however my foes may condemn,
  Thy tears shall efface their decree;
For Heaven can witness, though guilty to them,
  I have been but too faithful to thee.

With thee were the dreams of my earliest love;
  Every thought of my reason was thine;
In my last humble prayer to the Spirit above,
  Thy name shall be mingled with mine.
Oh! blest are the lovers and friends who shall live
  The days of thy glory to see;
But the next dearest blessing that Heaven can give
  Is the pride of thus dying for thee.