The village dance (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2019-09-12)   CPDL #55328:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-09-12).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The village dance
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: B. S. Montgomery

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. 206


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Original text and translations

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1  O, footsteps gaily bounding,
Beneath the starry night!
With song and laugh resounding,
While moonbeams glimmer bright;
And dark eyes softly beaming
With pure and joyous light!

2  Young lovers softly speaking,
To shy, but willing ears!
These words, like music breaking,
She hears, half smiles, half tears;
"My true love ne'er forsaking,
I'm thine, through changeless years."

3  O, sure such simple pleasure
Sweet rapture can impart,
Far more than golden treasure
That chills the fondest heart!
Then quaff joy's brimming measure
Ere youth's bright dreams depart.