Sweet spirit, if thy airy sleep

Sweet spirit, if thy airy sleep

Author: Thomas Moore
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 Sweet spirit if thy airy sleep,
Nor sees my tears, nor hears my sighs,
Oh I will weep, in luxury weep;
Till the last heart's drop fill mine eyes

2 But if thy sainted soul can feel,
And mingle in our misery,
Then, then my breaking heart I'll seal,
Thou shalt not hear one sigh from me.

3 The beam of morn was on thy stream,
But sullen clouds the day deform;
Thou wert indeed that morning beam,
And death, alas! that sullen storm.

4 Thou wert not formed for living here,
For thou wert kindred with the sky;
Yet, yet we held thee all so dear,
We thought thou wert not form'd to die.

5 How sweetly could I lay my head
Within the cold grave's silent breast;
Where sorrow's tears so more are shed,
No more the ills of life molest.

6 For, ah my heart! how very soon
The glittering dreams of youth are past!
And long before it reach its noon,
The sun of life is overcast.

Source: The Delights of Harmony; or, Norfolk Compiler: being a new collection of psalm tunes, hymns and anthems with a variety of set pieces, from the most approved American and European authors... #22

Author: Thomas Moore

Moore, Thomas, son of John Moore, a small tradesman at Dublin, was born in that city, May 28, 1779, educated at a private school and Trinity College, Dublin; read at the Middle Temple for the Bar; held a post under the Government in Bermuda for a short time, and died Feb. 26, 1852. His Memoirs, Journal, and Correspondence were published by Lord John Russell in 1855. In that work every detail concerning himself and his numerous publications, most of them of high poetical merit, will be found. His connection with hymnody is confined to his Sacred Songs, which were published in 1816, and again in his Collected Works, 1866. These Songs were 32 in all, and were written to popular airs of various nations. Of these Songs the following have passed… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sweet spirit, if thy airy sleep
Author: Thomas Moore
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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The Delights of Harmony; or, Norfolk Compiler #22

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