Quick! We have but a second (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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General Information

Title: Quick! We have but a second
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyricist: Thomas Moore

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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Quick! We have but a second,
Fill round the cup while you may
For time, the churl, hath beckoned
And we must away, away!

Grasp the pleasure that’s flying
For oh, not Orpheus’ strain
Could keep sweet hours from dying
Or charm them to life again.


Then, quick! We have but a second,
Fill round the cup while you may
For time, the churl, hath beckoned
And we must away, away!

See the glass, how it flushes
Like some young hebe’s lip
And half meets thine, and blushes
That thou shouldst delay to sip.


Shame, oh, shame unto thee
If e’er thou seest that day
When a cup or a lip shall woo thee
And turn untouched away.

Then quick! We have but a second,
Fill round the cup while you may
For time, the churl, hath beckoned
And we must away, away!