Now (Francesco Berger)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-22)  CPDL #75608:       
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-22).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 693 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-06-03)  CPDL #54457:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-06-03).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 137 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Now
Composer: Francesco Berger
Lyricist: Adelaide Anne Procter

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. 95

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Original text and translations

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Rise! for the day is passing,
And you lie dreaming on;
The others have buckled their armour,
And forth to the fight have gone.
A place in the ranks awaits you,
Each man has some part to play;
The Past and the Future are nothing,
In the face of the stern today.

Rise, if the Past detains you,
Her sunshine and storms forget;
No chains so unworthy to hold you,
As those of a vain regret.
Sad or bright, she is lifeless ever,
Cast her phantom arms away, No chains_
 so unworthy to hold you,
Nor look back, save to learn the lesson,
Of a nobler strife today.