A Century's Penultimate (Charles Wood)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-05)  CPDL #57856:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-04-05).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 218 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A Century's Penultimate

Composer: Charles Wood
Lyricist: Arthur Coleridge Jamescreate page

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1899

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Original text and translations

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Resplendent beams are kindling in the East -
Awake, ye nations, to a nobler day.
From port to port, from spire to spire the ray
Lights upon commerce freed and powers released.
Ye, late returned from England's royal feast,
Pass friend to friend along the Atlantic breeze,
Join hearts with hearts,while threads that knit the seas
Flash love and joy in brotherhood increased.
So be this time remembered in the close
And sunset of our age which ebbs amain.
But thou, Victoria, may'st thou long sustain
The burden which thy people's love bestows.
The burden of a reign so richly blest,
Of all our reigns the longest and the best!