Swallow, swallow, hither wing (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-13)  CPDL #77281:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 484 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-11-24)  CPDL #56040:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-24).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 130 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Swallow, swallow, hither wing
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: William Cox Bennett

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1876 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 9, no. 283

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Original text and translations

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1  Swallow, swallow, hither wing;
Hither, swallow, bringing Spring;
From the lake hath gone the teal;
Fled the widgeon from the stream.
Now no more our bursting woods
Hear the swooping merlin's scream;
Come, thou dawn of Summer, come,
Hither leaves and shadows bringing,
Bladed furrows, nested eaves,
Sweetest songs the south is singing;
Bringing violets, bringing Spring,
Hither, swallow, hither wing.
 Swallow, swallow, hither wing;
Hither, swallow, bringing Spring.

2  Swallow, swallow, hither wing;
Dearest playmate of the Spring;
Come, the celandine no more
Dreads the gusty wrath of March.
Golden tasselled is the birch;
Emerald fringes hath the larch;
Come, thou news of Summer, come;
Trills and hedgerow-twitterings bringing,
Quivering mountings of the lark,
Shrillest songs the ousel's singing;
Snowing orchards, flight of Spring,
Hither, swallow, hither wing.
Swallow, swallow, hither wing;
Hither, swallow, bringing Spring.