Four Songs

Song Cycle by William Noel Johnson (1863 - 1916)

Word count: 185

?. If thou art sleeping, maiden [sung text not yet checked]

If thou art sleeping, maiden,
Awake and open thy door,
'Tis the break of day,
and we must away,
O'er meadow, and mount, and moor.

Wait not to find thy slippers,
But come with thy naked feet;
We shall have to pass
through the dewy grass,
And waters wide and fleet.

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?. Good night! Good night, beloved! [sung text not yet checked]

 Good night! Good night, beloved!
  I come to watch o'er thee!
To be near thee, -- to be near thee,
  Alone is peace for me.

Thine eyes are stars of morning,
  Thy lips are crimson flowers!
Good night! Good night beloved,
  While I count the weary hours.

 Ah! thou moon that shinest
  Argent-clear above!
All night long enlighten
  My sweet lady-love!
  Moon that shinest,
All night long enlighten!

 The nuns in the cloister
  Sang to each other;
For so many sisters
  Is there not one brother!
Ay, for the partridge, mother!
The cat has run away with the partridge!
  Puss! puss! puss!

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?. All are sleeping, weary heart [sung text not yet checked]

All are sleeping, weary heart!
Thou, thou only sleepless art!
All this throbbing, all this aching,
Evermore shall keep thee waking,
For a heart in sorrow breaking
Thinketh ever of its smart!

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