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Take, O take those lips away (1886)


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English Lyrics - Set 2


Take, O take those lips away

Take, o take those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn;
And those eyes, the break of day,
Lights that do mislead the morn:
But my kisses bring again;
Seals of love, but seal'd in vain, sealed in vain.
Hide, o hide those hills of snow
that thy frozen bosom wears,
On whose tops the pinks that grow
are yet of those that April wears;
But first set my poor heart free,
Bound in those icy chains by thee.
Quoted by William Shakespeare, in Measure for Measure, Act IV, sc. 1,

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Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Baronet was an English composer, teacher and historian of music.


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