by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

Ay waking, O!
Language: English 
Ay waking, O!
Waking ay and wearie,
Rest I canna get
For thinking on my dearie.
O this love, this love!
Life to me how dreary!
When I sleep I dream,
O! when I wake I'm eerie.
O this love, this love!

Long, long the night,
Heavy comes the morrow,
While my soul's delight
Is on her bed of sorrow.
Can I cease to care,
Can I cease to languish,
While my darling fair
Is on the couch of anguish?
O this love, this love!

Long, long the night,
Heavy comes the morrow,
While my soul's delight
Is on her bed of sorrow.
Ev'ry hope is fled,
Ev'ry fear is terror;
Slumber ev'n I dread,
Ev'ry dream is horror.
O this love, this love!

Long, long the night,
Heavy comes the morrow,
While my soul's delight
Is on her bed of sorrow.
Hear me, Powers divine!
Oh, in pity hear me!
Take aught else of mine,
But, my Chloris, spare me!
Spare, O spare my love!

J. Haydn sets stanzas 1, 3-4

The first stanza seems to be based on Robert Burns's poem Ay waking, O!.


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Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

This text was added to the website: 2009-12-29
Line count: 36
Word count: 166