Sweet vales of Devonia (Walter Battison Haynes)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-26)  CPDL #76707:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-26).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 586 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sweet vales of Devonia
Composer: Walter Battison Haynes
Lyricist: Edward Capern
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1899 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Sweet vales of Devonia,
What landscapes are seen,
So fertile in beauty,
So golden and green;
There crows-foot and clover
Allure the wild bee,
To gather sweet honey,
For Jamie and me.

Thy sons, O Devonia!
Have honoured thy name,
Their deeds are thy poems,
Their glory thy fame,
And spite of the shadows
That darkened the sky,
The sun of thy Triumph
Is shining on high.

O Queen of bright rivers,
In beautiful May,
On fairy’s swift pinions
I hasten away,
To muse where thy waters
Roll down to the sea,
Fair Exe of Devonia,
And wander with thee.

Sweet vales of Devonia,
There’s one thing I crave,
Ye gave me a birthplace,
O give me a grave;
Let it be where the sunshine
Can warm my last home,
And a knot of your daisies
Blow over my tomb.