Come home (John Harrison Tenney)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-06-07).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 370 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Come home
Composer: John Harrison Tenney
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1880 The Ruebush-Kieffer Co.

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Original text and translations

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Come home, come home from o’er the sea!
We wait, we sigh, we pray for thee;
In foreign climes no longer roam,
Our hearts all cry, “Come home, come home!”
For twice her sheaf hath autumn bound,
The winter snow twice wrapped the ground,
The spring hath bloomed, the summers shone
In glorious robes since thou art gone.
Again the summer’s evening breeze
Comes murmuring through the rustling trees;
Her moon beams bright on spire and dome,
And our own roof: Come home! come home!

To-night, when past the sunset hour,
And dews fell soft on grass and flower,
A wild bird came and furled her wing
On thy lone bower, her hymn to sing.
The earth was calm, the heavens were fair,
While balmy incense filled the air;
All nature seemed on bended knee,
And to her God we kneeled for thee.
We asked his angel guard to keep,
Thy way across the rolling deep;
Through billowy wilds, ’mid surge and foam,
To hold thee safe: Come home! come home!