Kings and Queens (Ciro Pinsuti)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-28)  CPDL #77667:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-28).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 469 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2020-04-20)  CPDL #58089:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-04-20).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 109 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Kings and Queens
Composer: Ciro Pinsuti
Lyricist: Mary Mark-Lemon

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1883 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 16, no. 458

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Original text and translations

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1  The Sky is the King of Sheds,
And he holds his court on high,
With the stars for his vassals, the clouds for his slaves,
And the winds at his bidding to fly.
The Night is the Queen of Shades,
She too holds court above,
With the moon for her mirror, the dew for her tears,
And the night flowers to claim her love!

2  The Sun is the King of Torches,
He holds his courts alone;
But he woos the earth for his lady fair,
To share his own regal throne.
The Earth is the sweetest Queen,
She holds her court the best,
With the sun for her suitor, the sky for her friend,
And the night for her children's rest.