Robert Lucas Pearsall
(1795 - 1856)

Pearsall : Take, O take those lips away : illustration

Take, O take those lips away
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Pearsall's setting as a glee of a song from "Measure for measure". Pearsall's prescribed disposition is for S.S.T.T.B. (at this pitch), but the second Treble is (slightly) more comfortably within the Alto range.
Lyrics: William Shakespeare

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.