Adieu, love, adieu (George Alexander Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2019-04-19)   CPDL #54004:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-04-19).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Adieu, love, adieu
Composer: George Alexander Macfarren
Lyricist: William Byrd

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book Series 2, Volume 2, no. 67

Description: For Byrd's setting of these lyrics, see While that the Sun.

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Original text and translations

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Adieu, Love, adieu, Love, untrue Love!
Untrue Love, untrue Love, adieu, Love!
Your mind is light, soon lost for new love.

So long as I was in your sight
I was your heart, your soul, your treasure;
And evermore you sobb'd and sigh'd
Burning in flames beyond all measure:
Three days endured your love to me,
And it was lost in other three!
Adieu, Love, adieu, Love, untrue Love!
Untrue Love, untrue Love, adieu, Love!
Your mind is light, soon lost for new love.

Another shepherd you did see,
To whom your heart was soon enchained;
Full soon your love was leapt from me,
Full soon my place he had obtained.
Soon came a third your love to win,
And we were out and he was in.
Adieu, Love, adieu, Love, untrue Love!
Untrue Love, untrue Love, adieu, Love!
Your mind is light, soon lost for new love.