O thou world so fair (Franz Wilhelm Abt)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-18)  CPDL #56673:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-01-18).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 129 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

German Title: O du Welt so schön
English Title: O thou world so fair
Work: Sechs Gesänge für Sopran, Alt, Tenor u. Bass, Op. 498
Composer: Franz Wilhelm Abt
Lyricist: Hermann Frankecreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with minor divisi.
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1877 Leipzig: Siegel
    2nd published: 1879 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 12, no. 342

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Original text and translations

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1  What glad morning song in the wood do I hear?
O birdie, dear birdie, I pray thee come near!
My song is as fresh and as joyful as thine,
O birdie, then come thou, and hearken to mine!
O thou world so fair, O thou world so gay!
O thou beautiful. beautiful time of May!

2  O birdie, dear birdie, I pray thee come near;
From gladness of heart flows the song thou dost hear.
Come, warble and sing, as if vieing with me,
Thy own dainty song, which was taught me by thee.
O thou world so fair,…

3  We sing and rejoice both by day and by night,
Not knowing how long we may keep our delight.
O birdie, O birdie, the hours haste away,
O sing thou, and love thou, while yet it is May.
O thou world so fair,…
Translation by John Troutbeck