The evening bell (George J. Webb)

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  • (Posted 2024-02-19)  CPDL #79190:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-02-19).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 619 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The evening bell
Composer: George J. Webb
Lyricist: John Malcolm
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1847 Wilkins, Carter, & Co.

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Original text and translations

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(originally titled and worded “The vesper bell)

Hark! ’tis the evening-bell
Far pealing from the shore–
Oh! welcome are the tones that tell
Of ocean wanderings o’er;
They hail us from the homeless main
To earth’s great family again.

It brings the dream of home
Of sweet sequester’d bowers,
Of shades thro’ which I loved to roam,
At still and starry hours,
Of music heard at fall of day,
Across the seas and far away.

Oft have I paused to hail
Amid my own loved land,
The vesper-chime o’er hill and dale
Float downward to the strand,
And melt above the summer sea
As now its magic falls on me.

And thus its dying strain,
Above the waters cast,
Thrills o’er the dark mysterious chain
That links me to the past,
And from the dim and distant shore
Speaks to my heart of days of yore.