Bright star (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • (Posted 2008-07-30)   CPDL #17820:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2008-07-08).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Bright Star
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: John Keats

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Tenor solo
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1896

Description: English Lyrics - Set 4 no.6

  1. Thine eyes still shined for me
  2. When lovers meet again
  3. When we two parted
  4. Weep you no more
  5. There be none of beauty's daughters
  6. Bright star

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Original text and translations

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Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art —
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night,
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like Nature’s patient sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors —
No — yet still steadfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever — or else swoon to death.

Lyrics: John Keats (1795-1821) - The Poetical Works of John Keats - Pub