Take, O take those lips away
Lyricist: William Shakespeare, from Measure for Measure, Act IV scene 1.
Settings by composers
- George Alexander Macfarren SATB
- Charles Hubert Hastings Parry T solo
- Robert Lucas Pearsall SSTTB or SATTB
- Samuel Reay SATB (with 2nd verse by John Fletcher)
- John Wilson T solo
Text and translations
Take, O take those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn;
And those eyes, the break of day,
Lights that do mislead the morn:
But my kisses bring again;
Seals of love, but sealed in vain.