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Six Vocal Impromptus

Word count: 103

Song Cycle by John Storer

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3. Time long past [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE GER ITA

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le temps lointain", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Like the ghost of a dear friend dead
Is Time long past.
A tone which is now forever fled,
A hope which is now forever past,
A love so sweet it could not last, 
Was Time long past.

There were sweet dreams in the night
Of Time long past:
And, was it sadness or delight,
Each day a shadow onward cast  
Which made us wish it yet might last--
That Time long past.

There is regret, almost remorse,
For Time long past.
'Tis like a child's beloved corse 
A father watches, till at last
Beauty is like remembrance, cast
From Time long past.


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