The waterfall (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2019-09-14)  CPDL #55341:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-09-14).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The waterfall
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: James Couper

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1873 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 6, no. 208

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Original text and translations

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1  In summer, calmly gliding down,
By lazy brooklets fed;
With misty clouds of silver spray
Along its rocky bed.
Rippling, it falls into the pool,
Again, it steals along,
With murmurs seeming scarce to drown
The wood-bird's joyous song.

2  But winter comes with storm and rain,
And silent is the glade;
A roaring torrent fills the place,
Where late the ripples played.
Methought the scene a lesson bore,
And thus my musing ran:
The summer brook is childhood's dream,
Its flood, the life of man.