Sweet is the breath of early morn (Samuel Reay)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-01)  CPDL #77748:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-01).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 609 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2020-03-20)  CPDL #57609:         
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General Information

Title: Sweet is the breath of early morn
Composer: Samuel Reay
Lyricist: George Daniel

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1881 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 14, no. 404

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Original text and translations

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Sweet is the breath of early morn,
That o'er yon heath refreshing blows
And sweet the blossom on the thorn,
The violet blue, the blushing rose.
When mounts the lark on rapid wing,
How sweet to sit and hear him sing,
No music like the feathered choir,
Such happy, grateful thoughts inspire.
But hark! the lark, his merry strain,
To heaven high soaring sings again.
Be hushed, sweet songster, ev'ry voice,
That warbles not like thee, rejoice.