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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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The importance of a telling setting of a ballad’s title is clearly demonstrated by this lovely example, which was sent on the road to popularity by being interpolated into Sidney Jones’s highly successful musical play The Geisha. The composer, John Mais Capel, had a varied theatrical career as singer, musical director and composer. The lyricist, Graham Clifton Bingham, was the son of a Bristol bookseller. He wrote stories, children’s books and a large number of song lyrics, of which the most famous is ‘Love’s Old Sweet Song’.
Love, could I only tell thee How dear thou art to me, Show thee my heart’s devotion, Say how I worship thee! The height of stars above thee, The deepness of the sea, Are as the height and deepness Of my heart’s love for thee.
Dear to the knight his glory, And to the king his throne, But this heart of mine a kingdom More dear than all doth own! Seas hold no fairer treasure, The sky no star so pure, And I love thee, I love thee, With a love that shall endure!
When we awhile are parted, The days seem lonely years; I count the weary moments Without thee by my tears. As thou art near or far, love, The earth is glad or grey; Life without thee is darkness, Life by thy side is day.