Betelgeuse (Percy Snowdon)

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Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2003-04-08).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 49 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Betelgeuse
Composer: Percy Snowdon

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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On Betelgeuse
the gold leaves hang in golden aisles
for twice a hundred million miles,
and twice a hundred million years
they golden hang, and nothing stirs,
on Betelgeuse.

Space is a wind that does
not blow on Betelgeuse,
and time – oh time – is a bird,
whose wings have never stirred
the golden avenues
of leaves on Betelgeuse.