How sweet is summer morning (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #77963:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 397 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-10-30)  CPDL #55785:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-10-30).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: How sweet is summer morning
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: William Smallcombe Passmore

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 8, no. 258

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Original text and translations

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1  How sweet is summer morning,
When dewdrops gem the ground,
Distilling sweetest fragrance
The balmy air around;
When every word resoundeth
With song-birds' matin lays,
The voice of Nature lifting
Her great Creator's praise.

2  The sun of summer morning,
How joyously he soars,
As over mead and mountain
His gorgeous radiance pours;
Then quick at heavens bright portals,
The lark his strain doth raise,
And mingles earth-born music
With angels' sacred praise!