I met her in the quiet lane (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2019-09-04)  CPDL #55254:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-09-04).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: I met her in the quiet lane
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1873 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 6, no. 198

Description: Lyrics from an American newspaper.

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Original text and translations

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1  I met her in the quiet lane
One Sabbath morning early;
The sun was bright, although the rain
Still glittered on the barley.
The lark was singing to his mate,
The wild bells chimed their warning,
We paused awhile outside the gate;
We lingered till it was too late
To go to church that morning.

2  Again we met, the whispering leaves
Glanced nigh in light and shadow;
The reapers piled the yellow sheaves,
The bees hummed o'er the meadow.
The royal sun rose up in state,
 Our marriage day adorning;
The bells rang out, wide stood the gate,
And neither of us was too late,
To go to church that morning.