Parry – Take, O Take those lips away

Song Information

Title: Take, o take those lips away

Composer: Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616) ( says this is a misattribution.)

Sheet Music

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  • Transcribed at CPDL
    • Key: PDF is in B♭ Major
    • Range: C4 – G5
    • Sibelius 4 source code available to edit or transpose.

Audio Files



Song Text

Take, O take those lips away
That so sweetly were forsworn;
And thos eyes, the break of day,
Lights that do mislead the morn;

But my kisses bring again,
Bring again,
Seals of love,
But sealed in vain.
Sealed in vain.