At her fair hands (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-01)   CPDL #39495:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-05-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: At her fair hands
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: Robert Jones

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Published: 1898

Description: Eight Four-part Songs (1898) No. 3

  1. Phillis
  2. O Love, they wrong thee much
  3. At her fair hands
  4. Home of my heart
  5. You gentle nymphs
  6. Come pretty wag
  7. Ye thrilled me once
  8. Better music ne'er was known

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Original text and translations

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At her fair hands how have I grace entreated
With prayers oft repeated!
Yet still my love is thwarted:
Heart, let her go, for she'll not be converted
Say, shall she go? O no, no, no!
She is most fair, though she be marble-hearted.

How often have my sighs declared my anguish,
Wherein I daily languish!
Yet still she doth procure it:
Heart, let her go, for I cannot endure it
Say, shall she go? O no, no, no!
She gave the wound, and she alone must cure it.

The trickling tear that down my cheeks have flowed,
My love have often showed,
Yet still unkind I prove her.
Heart, let her go, for nought I do can move her;
Say, shall she go? O no, no, no!
Though me she hate, I cannot choose but love her.