The Evening-Watch (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2020-10-21)  CPDL #60968:   
Editor: Robin Doveton (submitted 2020-10-21).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 359 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Edited using Holst's MS in The British Library, viewable online as below. The composer's piano reduction is here omitted.

General Information

Title: The Evening-Watch
Composer: Gustav Holst
Lyricist: Henry Vaughan

Number of voices: 9vv   Voicing: SSSAATTBB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1925

Description:

External websites: http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=add_ms_57880_fs001r

Original text and translations

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BODY:
Farewell! I go to sleep; but when
The day-star springs, I’ll wake again.
SOUL:
Go, sleep in peace; and when thou liest
Unnumber’d in thy dust, when all this frame
Is but one dram, and what thou now descriest
In sev’ral parts shall want a name,
Then may his peace be with thee, and each dust
Writ in his book, who ne’er betray’d man’s trust!
BODY:
Amen! but hark, ere we two stray
How many hours dost think ’till day?
SOUL:
Ah go; th’art weak, and sleepy. Heav’n
Is a plain watch, and without figures winds
All ages up; who drew this circle, even
He fills it; days and hours are blinds.
Yet this take with thee. The last gasp of time
Is thy first breath, and man’s eternal prime.