Take, O take those lips away (Samuel Reay)

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General Information

Title: Take, O take those lips away
Composer: Samuel Reay
Lyricists: William Shakespeare and John Fletcher

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 4, no. 149

Description: v.1 by William Shakespeare, v.2 by John Fletcher.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Take, O take those lips away.

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2  Hide, oh, hide those hills of snow
Which thy frozen bosom bears,
On whose tops the pinks that grow
Are of those that April wears!
But first set my poor heart free,
Bound in those icy chains by thee.