Essay, my heart (Francesco Berger)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-22)  CPDL #75606:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-22).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 581 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Essay, my heart
Composer: Francesco Berger
Lyricist: William Ball

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1870 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 3, no. 93
Description: Text from the German of Friedrich Ruperti (1805–1867)

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Original text and translations

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How smile the heav'ns, so blue, so blue!
The radiant fields, how green!
My trembling vision tears bedew,
Earth has no lovelier scene.
From Winter's sleep awakes the Spring,
awakes from sleep anew,
And all her fulness, all her wealth,
the eye can scarcely view!
Like those, my heart, like those, my heart,
 Essay to greet the breath divine.
See, all around, what gifts in store!
What cheering hopes, what bounties shine!
And let such hope, such blooming hope,
my grateful heart, be thine.