Thyrsis, when we parted (John Wall Callcott)
- Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2009-02-20). Score information: A4, 9 pages, 80 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The wording of the lyrics has been brought into line with the version of the poem by Gray in the Thomas Gray Archive. Hence "Thyrsis, when we parted" rather than "Thyrsis, when he left me".
Original text and translations
Thyrsis, when we parted, swore
Ere the spring he would return.
Ah, what means yon violet flower,
And the buds that deck the thorn?
'Twas the lark that upward sprung!
'Twas the nightingale that sung!
Idle notes, untimely green,
Why such unavailing haste?
Western gales and skies serene
Prove not always winter past.
Cease my doubts, my fears to move;
Spare the honour of my love.