There is a paradise on earth (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-21)  CPDL #56371:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-21).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 110 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a semitone to E major.
  • (Posted 2011-12-20)  CPDL #25193:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2011-12-20).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The source music is arranged for ATBB. The 1st bass has been changed to a Baritone voice. Score updated 31/10/2020 with corrections.

General Information

Title: There is a paradise on earth
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATBarB, ATBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1878 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 11, no. 324
Description: Poem: English translation of "Blumenlied" by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748-1776)

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

There is a paradise on earth
When flow'rs, to hail the summer's birth
From tree and grass are springing;
When perfumes rise to scent the gale,
And birds, in ev'ry grove and vale,
To welcome it are singing.

But fairer still, a lovely maid,
In all the charm of youth array'd,
No aid from art requiring;
All other flow'rs we cast aside,
And gaze with joy inspired pride,
Enraptur'd and admiring.

German.png German text

Es ist ein halbes Himmelreich,
Wenn, Paradiesesblumen gleich,
Aus Klee die Blumen dringen;
Und wenn die Vögel silberhell
Im Garten hier, und dort am Quell,
Auf Blütenbäumen singen.

Doch holder blüht ein edles Weib,
Von Seele gut und schön von Leib,
In frischer Jugendblüte.
Wir lassen alle Blumen stehn,
Das liebe Weibchen anzusehn
Und freun uns ihrer Güte.

Quelle: Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty, Blumenlied (Projekt Gutenberg)