Merry greeting (John Henry Rheem)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-01)  CPDL #77761:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-01).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 414 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Merry greeting
Composer: John Henry Rheem
Lyricist: William Edward Hickson
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1874 J. C. Crandall

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Original text and translations

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Awake the song of merry greeting,
The notes inspiring joy repeating,
Let mirth to wisdom tribute pay,
But yet be merry when we may.

’Tis well for thought to find a season,
For study always there’s no reason,
We gather knowledge from the past
To make life happy while it lasts.

’Tho care will come and tribulation,
We’ll sigh not in th’anticipation,
For joy will soon each grief dispel,
From hearts where love and friendship dwell.