Whippoorwill (Thomas J. Douthitt)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-10)  CPDL #76211:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-10).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 356 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Whippoorwill
Composer: Thomas J. Douthitt
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1883 John Church & Co.

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Original text and translations

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The sun had sunk in the crimson west,
And earth in her twilight robe was dressed;
The soft note rose from the distant hills,
The nightly song of the Whippoorwill.

Whippoorwill, Whippoorwill,
The nightly song of the Whippoorwill.

That voice to me from an angel seems,
It brings to the mind my childhood dreams,
As thoughts of mingled sweetness thrill
That listens to the soft Whippoorwill.

I love that voice, O, I love to hear
Its music, so fills the night air clear,
What care the heart’s rude passions still;
Its nightly song of the Whippoorwill.