The arrow and the song (Walter Cecil Hay)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-04-30).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The arrow and the song
Composer: Walter Cecil Hay
Lyricist: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1883 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 16, no. 457

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Original text and translations

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1  I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

2  I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?

3  Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.