The wine cup is circling (Robert Prescott Stewart)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-01)  CPDL #57808:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-04-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 112 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: The wine cup is circling
Composer: Robert Prescott Stewart
Lyricist: Thomas Moore

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1882 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 15, no. 434
Description: "This arrangement was designed for vocal performance alone: should it be deemed necessary to employ any pianoforte accompaniment, the prelude may be found effective in pronouncing the tempo; the small notes may be with advantage omitted, unless the voices require support."

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Original text and translations

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The wine-cup is circling in Almhin's hall,
And its Chief, 'mid his heroes reclining,
Looks up, with a sigh to the trophied wall,
Where his falchion hangs idly shining.
But hark, that shout
From the guards without,
"Arm ye quick! the Dane, the Dane is nigh!"
Each chief starts up
From his foaming cup,
And "To battle! on to battle!" is the Warrior's cry.

The minstrels have seized their harps of gold,
And they sing such thrilling numbers;
It seems like the voice of the brave of old,
Breaking forth from their place of slumbers;
Spear to buckler rang
as the minstrels sang,
And the Sun-burst banner floated wide;
While remembering the yoke
that their fathers broke,
"On for Liberty! for Liberty!" the Warriors cried.