Where shall the Lover rest? (Edward Bairstow)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-18)  CPDL #75466:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-18).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 978 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Where shall the Lover rest?
Composer: Edward Bairstow
Lyricist: Walter Scott
Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1914 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Whom the fates sever
    From his true maiden’s breast,
Parted for ever?
   Where, through groves deep and high,
Sounds the far billow,
   Where early violets die,
Under the willow.
   Soft shall be his pillow.

There, through the summer day,
   Cool streams are laving;
There, while the tempests sway,
   Scarce are boughs waving;
There, thou thy rest shalt take,
   Parted for ever,
Never again to wake,
   Never, O never!

Where shall the traitor rest,
   He, the deceiver,
Who could win maiden’s breast,
   Ruin, and leave her?
In the lost battle,
   Borne down by the flying,
Where mingles war’s rattle
   With groans of the dying;
      There shall he be lying.

Her wing shall the eagle flap
   O’er the falsehearted;
His warm blood the wolf shall lap
   Ere life be parted:
Shame and dishonour sit
   By his grave ever;
Blessing shall hallow it
   Never, O never!
      Never, O never!

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