To the morning wind (Henry Hiles)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-27)  CPDL #76745:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-27).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 608 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-05-29)  CPDL #54386:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-05-29).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: To the morning wind
Composer: Henry Hiles
Lyricist: Francis Mackay

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1870 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 3, no. 89

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Original text and translations

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1  Lisp, lisp in sweetest numbers,
Lisp along the streamlet's bank;
Wake the scent which sweetly slumbers,
'Neath the dew by roses drank.
Kiss, kiss the blue-eyed flowers,
Kiss the daisy's humble head,
Chase away the trembling showers,
Lest they lay the violet dead.
Kiss! kiss! Kiss! kiss! Kiss! kiss!

2  Sigh, sigh around the willows,
Sigh the nodding reeds among;
Rouse the larks from mossy pillows,
Till they emulate your song.
Dance, dance across the meadow,
Dance among the waving grass,
Run to catch the passing shadow
Cast by cloudlets as they pass.
Dance! dance! Dance! dance! Dance! dance!

3  Sweep, sweep o'er moor and mountain,
Sweep o'er voiceful wood and fell:
Stoop to kiss the conscious fountain,
Stoop to woo the heather-bell.
Stay, stay awhile beside us,
Stay to chide the heat of noon;
Early joys from cares divide us,
Morning freshness flies too soon.
Stay! stay! Stay! stay! Stay! stay!