Absence (John Liptrot Hatton)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-08-24).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Absence
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 6, no. 181


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Original text and translations

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Though long years have passed away,
And joyous summers left me,
Though Autumn sings her plaintive lay,
Yet art thou still dear to me.
Though far away, thy voice is ever near to me:
Absence but makes thee dearer to me.
No time can change my love for thee.