The swing (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2020-02-13)  CPDL #57024:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-02-13).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The swing
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: Walter Maynard

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1880 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 13, no. 372

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Original text and translations

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Under the lofty trees,
Where birds in summer sing,
In the cool shade, by green leaves made,
There hangs the schoolboy's swing.
Motionless in the air,
Down to the dusty ground,
Its ropes hang long, from branches strong,
Till playmates gather round!

Moving slowly, slowly,
When merry sports begin,
'Twill faster go, at every blow,
As 'twere a race to win!
Faster, higher, higher,
The children laugh and shout;
The swing beats time, in mystic chime,
To all their noisy rout!

Slowly, slower, slower,
As the blows retreat,
The swing dies out, at every shout,
Its pulses cease to beat!