Once there were flowers (Leanne Daharja Veitch)

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  • (Posted 2011-02-27)  CPDL #23217:         
Editor: Leanne Daharja Veitch (submitted 2011-02-27).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Personal, released under Creative Commons License 3.0.

General Information

Title: Once There Were Flowers
Composer: Leanne Daharja Veitch
Lyricist: Leanne Daharja Veitch

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2011
Description: This work was composed in February 2011, and the text is original. This is one of a series of flower songs I have written that are available here at CPDL. This is a companion piece to Love will make the roses grow, although the two works may not necessarily be performed together. A setting for recorder ensemble (5 parts) is available upon request - please contact me at my website (below) for copies (also available under CC license 3.0). As always, if you choose to perform this work, I would love to hear about it, and would love a recording if possible. Thanks :-)

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Original text and translations

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Once there were flowers, now they are gone
Petal and blossom scorched by the sun
Summer is over, winter is come
Once there were flowers, now they are gone.

Once there was music, now it is gone
Silent the voice which once rose in song.
Silent the singer, silent the song
Once there was music, now it is gone.

Once there were leaves, but now they are gone
Strength will remain, though stripped to the bone.
There will be a new song: how can morning bring a light?
Love's sacrifice, and dawn breaks the night.

Where is the song that gave such sweet bliss?
Where is the song that gave such as this?
Melody within us brings forth the song:
Hope is renewed; Love's music lives on.