It is not the tear (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • CPDL #25958:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2012-04-14).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 42 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original score had a piano reduction which has been removed in this edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: It is not the tear
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1901

Description: No. 5 from Six Irish folksongs originally published by Boosey and Co

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Original text and translations

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It is not the tear at this moment shed,
When the cold turf has just been laid o'er him,
That can tell how belov'd was the friend that's fled,
Or how deep in our hearts we deplore him.
'Tis the tear, thro' many a long day wept,
'Tis life's whole path o'ershaded;
'Tis the one remembrance, fondly kept,
When all lighter griefs have faded.

Thus his memory, like some holy light,
Kept alive in our hearts, will improve them,
For worth shall look fairer, and truth more bright,
When we think how we liv'd but to love them!
And, as fresher flowers the sod perfume,
Where buried saints are lying,
So our hearts shall borrow a sweet'ning bloom
From the image he left there in dying!