The Three Drovers (William G. James)

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  • (Posted 2015-02-02)  CPDL #34464:        (Finale 2012)
Editor: Sarah Lambert (submitted 2015-02-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 53 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Arranged by Sarah Lambert. This is an arrangement by Sarah Lambert of a classic Australian Christmas Carol in 3 parts. Only the first verse is scored. See the original text section below for the 2nd and 3rd verses.

General Information

Title: The Three Drovers
Composer: William G. James
Lyricist: John Wheelercreate page

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAA
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2013

External websites:

Original text and translations

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Across the plains one Christmas night,
three drovers riding blithe and gay,
looked up and saw a starry light
more radiant than the Milky Way;
and on their hearts such wonder fell,
they sang with joy: “Noel! Noel! Noel!”

The air was dry with summer heat,
and smoke was on the yellow moon;
but from the heavens, faint and sweet,
came floating down a wond'rous turn;
and as they heard, they sang full well
those drovers three. “Noel! Noel! Noel!”

The black swans flew across the sky,
the wild dog called across the plain,
the starry lustre blazed on high,
still echoed on the heavenly strain;
and still they sang: “Noel! Noel!”
those drovers three. “Noel! Noel! Noel!”