Phoebe (Charles Villiers Stanford)
- Editor: Robin Doveton (submitted 2008-01-24). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 203 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
First published: August, 1892
Original text and translations
Sweet she sat,
Sweet sat Phoebe when I saw her,
White her brow,
Coy her eye:
Brow and eye how much you please me?
Words I spent,
Sighs I sent,
Sighs and words could never draw her.
Oh my love
Thou art lost,
Since no sight could ever ease thee.
By a fount;
Sitting by a fount I spied her:
Sweet her touch,
Rare her voice;
Touch and voice what may distain you?
As she sung,
I did sigh,
And by sighs whilst that I tried her,
Oh mine eyes
You did lose
Her first sight whose want did pain you.
White as wool,
Yet were Phoebe's locks more whiter.
Dove-like eyes both mild and cruel.
In your lamps
He will die for to delight her.
Or I die;
Shall true hearts be fancy's fuel?