The Sun has arisen (Wilfred Bendall)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-21)  CPDL #75584:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 590 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Sun has arisen
Composer: Wilfred Bendall
Lyricist: William Alfred Gibbs
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1888 Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

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The sun has arisen! the earth is awake,
Light leaps o’er the mountain to plunge in the lake;
The flowers are laughing, with tears in their eyes;
Awake, then, my fairest; arise, sweet, arise!

Fresh, fresh is the morn, in its first summer hours,
And brilliant the dewdrops that bend down the flowers;
But fresher thy lips, love, and brighter thine eyes,
Then awake thee, my fairest; arise, sweet, arise!

The butterfly flutters its wings in the light,
The lark soars up wildly with heavenward flight,
But thou art my sunshine, thy smiles are my skies;
’Tis not morning without thee; arise, sweet, arise!

From the story of “The Harold Erle” (1871)