Purple glow the forest mountains (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-09)  CPDL #56224:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-09).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 105 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In F, as in the Novello edition. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2018-07-22)  CPDL #50595:     
Editor: Francis Melville (submitted 2018-07-22).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In E.
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General Information

Title: Purple glow the forest mountains
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1878 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 11, no. 313

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Original text and translations

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Purple glow the forest mountains
In the sun’s departing beam,
Lovely shines the star of even
Mirrored in the crystal stream.

Dark as in sepulchral chambers
Lowers the gloomy poplar grove,
Nought but gently whispering branches
There is heard or seen to move:

Save where Philomela singing
Softly from a greenwood tree
To the dew-bespangled roses
Pours her lovelorn melody.

Soon, perhaps, on such an evening
I shall hear thy voice resound,
Sadly singing to the roses
Which my early grave surround.

Then my soul shall listen to thy numbers,
Listen as it listens now,
While the breezes waft they music
O’er thy flowery mountain’s brow.