O world! thou art wondrous fair (Ferdinand Hiller)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-10)  CPDL #58512:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-05-10).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 154 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O world! thou art wondrous fair
Composer: Ferdinand Hiller

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: STTBB, (S solo with TTBB chorus)
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1883 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 16, no. 455

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Original text and translations

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O world! thou art wondrous fair, so fair,
The birds they all know it well,
While over the woods they flutter,
And joyful sweet carols they utter,
To the heavens their melodies swell.

O world, thou art wondrous fair, how fair,
They know it the waters all,
Reflected in them all nature
Stands mountain, and mead, and creature,
And the clouds as they float and fall.

The minstrels and painters know it,
So does many a shepherd boy;
They copy it all and feel it,
And those who sing reveal it,
Their hearts are so full of joy.