A song for the seasons (George J. Webb)

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  • (Posted 2024-02-15)  CPDL #79135:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-02-15).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 544 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: A song for the seasons
Composer: George J. Webb
Lyricist: Bryan Procter
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1847 Wilkins, Carter, & Co.

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Original text and translations

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When the merry lark doth gild
    With his song the summer hours,
And their nests the swallows build
     In the roofs and tops of towers;
And the golden broom-flower burns
     All about the waste,
And the maiden May returns
     With a pretty haste—
          Then, how merry are the times,
          The Summer times! the Spring times!

Now, from off his ashy stone
     While the midnight cricket crieth,
And all merry birds are flown,
     And our dream of pleasure dieth;
Now the once blue laughing sky
     Saddens into gray,
And the frozen rivers sigh,
     Pining all away!
          Now, how solemn are the times!
          The Winter times! the Night times!

Yet be merry: all around
     Is through one vast change revolving:
Even Night, who lately frowned,
     Is in paler dawn dissolving:
Earth will burst her fetters strange,
     And in spring grow free:
All things in the world will change,
     Save— my love to thee!
          Sing then, hopeful are all times!
          Winter, Summer, Spring times!