The Lover's Ghost (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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  • (Posted 2018-08-11)   CPDL #50821:   
Editor: Bradley Parese (submitted 2018-08-11).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 115 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Lover's Ghost
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyricist:

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1913

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Original text and translations

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Well met, well met my own true love;
Long time I have been absent from thee,
I am lately come from the salt sea,
And ‘tis all for the sake, my love, of thee.

I have three ships all on the salt sea,
And one of them has brought me to land,
I've four and twenty mariners on board,
You shall have music at your command.

The ship wherein my love shall sail
Is glorious for to behold,
The sails shall be of shining silk,
The mast shall be of the fine beaten gold.

I might have had a King's daughter,
And fain she would have married me,
But I forsook her crown of gold,
And ‘tis all for the sake, my love of thee.