On a time the amorous silvy (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • CPDL #16769:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2008-05-03).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: On a time the amorous silvy
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1907

Description: English Lyrics Set 7 No. 1. Anonymous 17th century lyrics - from John Attye's (fl. 1622) First Book of Airs, published 1622.

  1. On a time the amorous silvy
  2. Follow a Shadow (Ben Jonson)
  3. Ye little birds that sit and sing
  4. O never say that I was false of heart
  5. Julia
  6. Sleep/Beautiful up from the deeps of the solemn sea cometh sweet Sleep (Julian Sturgis)

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Original text and translations

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On a time the amorous Silvy
Said to her shepherd, "Sweet, how do ye?
Kiss me this once and then God be with ye,
My sweetest dear!
Kiss me this once and then God be with ye,
For now the morning draweth near."

With that, her fairest bosom showing,
Op'ning her lips, rich perfumes blowing,
She said, "Now kiss me and be going,
My sweetest dear!
Kiss me this once and then be going,
For now the morning draweth near."

With that her shepherd waked from sleeping,
And spying where the day was peeping,
He said, "Now take my soul in keeping,
My sweetest dear!
Kiss me and take my soul in keeping,