Oh! breathe not his name (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • CPDL #25931:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2012-04-11).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 40 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: Oh! breathe not his name
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1901

Description: No. 1 of Six Irish Folksongs Op. 78, origianlly published by Boosey and Co

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Original text and translations

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Oh! breathe not his name, let it sleep in the shade,
Where cold and unhonoured his relics are laid;
Sad, silent, and dark, be the tears that we shed,
As the night-dew that falls on the grass o'er his head.

But the night-dew that falls, tho' in silence it weeps,
Shall brighten with verdure the grave where he sleeps,
And the tear that we shed, though in secret it rolls,
Shall long keep his memory green in our souls.