To be gazing on those charms (Richard John Samuel Stevens)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2008-01-08).   Score information: A4, 3 pages   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: To be gazing on those charms
Composer: Richard John Samuel Stevens

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1789

Description: Submitted by Stevens as candidate for the Catch Club's gold medal in 1789.

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Original text and translations

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To be gazing on those charms,
To enfold thee in these arms,
From those lips to hear thy vow,
With ecstatic sweetness flow;
To be loved by one so fair
Is to be blest beyond compare.

At that bosom's gentle shrine,
To confess what glows in mine;
In those heavenly eyes to view,
That confession dear to you;
To be loved by one so fair
Is to be blest beyond compare.