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<poem>
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O dear life, when may it be,
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that mine eyes thine eyes may see,
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And in them my mind discover,
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Whether absence hath had force,
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Thy remembrance to divorce,
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From the Image of thy lover.
  
O Dear life, when may it be,<br>
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O, if I my self find not,
that mine eyes thine eyes may see,<br>
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though my parting aught forgot
And in them my mind discover,<br>
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Nor debarred from beauty’s treasure
Whether absence hath had force,<br>
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Let no tongue aspire to tell
Thy remembrance to divorce,<br>
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In what high Joys I shall dwell,
From the Image of thy lover.<br>
 
 
 
O, if I my self find not,<br>
 
though my parting aught forgot<br>
 
Nor debarred from beauty’s treasure<br>
 
Let no tongue aspire to tell<br>
 
In what high Joys I shall dwell,<br>
 
 
Only thought aims at the pleasure.
 
Only thought aims at the pleasure.
  
Thought therefore I will send thee<br>
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Thought therefore I will send thee
To take up the place for me,<br>
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To take up the place for me,
Long I will not after tarry,<br>
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Long I will not after tarry,
There unseen thou mayst be bold<br>
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There unseen thou mayst be bold
These fair wonders to behold,<br>
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These fair wonders to behold,
Which in them my hopes do carry.<br>
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Which in them my hopes do carry.
 
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</poem>
  
 
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Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-11-08).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 86 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Feb 09

General Information

Title: O Dear Life
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella
Published: Songs of sundrie natures (1589), no.33

Description: A setting of a poem by Sir Philip Sidney (1554-86): the first three stanzas of the Tenth Song from Astrophel and Stella. The piece clearly originates as a consort song for high voice and four viols, though no source of this version is now known.

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Original text and translations

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O dear life, when may it be,
that mine eyes thine eyes may see,
And in them my mind discover,
Whether absence hath had force,
Thy remembrance to divorce,
From the Image of thy lover.

O, if I my self find not,
though my parting aught forgot
Nor debarred from beauty’s treasure
Let no tongue aspire to tell
In what high Joys I shall dwell,
Only thought aims at the pleasure.

Thought therefore I will send thee
To take up the place for me,
Long I will not after tarry,
There unseen thou mayst be bold
These fair wonders to behold,
Which in them my hopes do carry.