Thou art beautiful, queen of the valley (John Wall Callcott)

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  • (Posted 2021-09-19)  CPDL #65829:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-09-19).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 256 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP.
  • (Posted 2009-03-13)  CPDL #19042:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2009-03-13).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 110 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Thou art beautiful, queen of the valley
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Robert Southey

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTBB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858).

First published:
    2nd published: 1852 Novello's Glee Hive no.29
Description: Lyrics from "Madoc", Canto XXIV

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[Hark! from the towers of Aztlan how the shouts
Of clamorous joy re-ring! the rocks and hills
Take up the joyful sound, and o'er the lake
Roll their slow echoes. --] Thou art beautiful,
Queen of the Valley! thou art beautiful!
Thy walls, like silver, sparkle to the sun;
Melodious wave thy groves; thy garden sweets
Enrich the pleasant air; upon the lake
Lie the long shadows of thy towers; and high
In heaven thy temple-pyramids arise,
[Upon whose summit now, far visible
Against the clear blue sky, the Cross of Christ
Proclaims unto the nations round the news
Of thy redemption. Thou art beautiful,
Aztlan! O City of the Cymbric Prince!]
Long may'st thou flourish in thy beauty, long
Prosper beneath the righteous conqueror,
Who conquers to redeem! Long years of peace
And happiness await thy Lord and thee,
Queen of the Valley!