Calm night (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-25)  CPDL #76631:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-25).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 403 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Calm night
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1879 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 12, no. 359
Description: Lyrics are from The Golden Legend.

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Original text and translations

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The night is calm and cloudless,
And still as still can be,
And the stars come out to listen
To the music of the sea;
They gather, and gather, and gather,
Until they crowd the sky,
And listen, in breathless silence,
To the solemn Litany.
It begins in rocky caverns,
As a voice that chants alone
To the pedals of the organ
In monotonous undertone;
And anon from shelving beaches,
And shallow sands beyond,
In snow-white robes uprising,
The ghostly choirs respond:
Christe eleison.
And sadly, and unceasing,
The mournful voice runs on,
And the snow-white choirs still answer:
Christe eleison.