When stars are in the quiet skies (William Rhys-Herbert)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-01)  CPDL #77772:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-01).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 416 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: When stars are in the quiet skies
Composer: William Rhys-Herbert
Lyricist: Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1905 J. Fischer & Bro.
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Original text and translations

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When stars are in the quiet skies,
Then most I pine for thee;
Bend on me then thy tender eyes,
As stars look on the sea!
For thoughts, like waves that glide by night,
Are stillest when they shine;
Mine earthly love lies hush’d in light
Beneath the heaven of thine.

There is an hour when angels keep
Familiar watch o’er men,
When coarser souls are wrapp’d in sleep—
Sweet spirit, meet me then!
There is an hour when holy dreams
Through slumber fairest glide;
And in that mystic hour it seems
Thou shouldst be by my side.

My thoughts of thee too sacred are
For daylight’s common beam:
I can but know thee as my star,
My angel and my dream;
When stars are in the quiet skies,
Then most I pine for thee;
Bend on me then thy tender eyes,
As stars look on the sea!