Sorrow's Tear (Stephen Jenks)
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-04-28). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 60 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition. Transcribed from The Harmony of Zion, 1818, in four vocal parts, with words by Isaac Watts. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-04-28). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 60 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Transcribed from The Harmony of Zion, 1818, in four vocal parts, with words by Isaac Watts.
Published: 1805 in The Delights of Harmony - Norfolk Compiler, for three voices.
Description: Originally published with words by Thomas Moore, entitled On the death of a lady, in four stanzas (two more stanzas appear in Jenks' work in 1805, by an unknown author). Revised by Jenks in The Harmony of Zion, 1818, adding a fourth vocal part, and with words by Isaac Watts, 1719, paraphrase of Psalm 90, the fifth stanza.
- Moore, Thomas. 1895. Thomas Moore's Complete Poetical Works, Collected by Himself. Introduction by Nathan H. Dole. New York, New York: T. Y. Crowell. 800 pp.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 90.
On the death of a lady by Thomas Moore
Sweet spirit! if thy airy sleep,
Nor sees my tears, nor hears my sighs,
Then will I weep, in anguish weep,
Till the last heart's drop fills mine eyes.
But if thy sainted soul can feel,
And mingles in our misery;
Then, then my breaking heart I'll seal,
Thou shalt not hear one sigh from me.
The beam of morn was on thy stream,
But sullen clouds the day deform;
Like thee was that young, orient beam,
Like death, alas, that sullen storm!
Thou wert not formed for living here,
So linked thy soul was with the sky;
Yet, ah, we held thee all so dear,
We thought thou wert not formed to die.