The ripe fruits mellow in the sun (Wm. T. Belcher)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-21)  CPDL #75569:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 714 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The ripe fruits mellow in the sun
Composer: Wm. T. Belcher
Lyricist: George Linnæus Banks
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1859 W. T. Belcher & H. J. Jewell

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Original text and translations

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The ripe fruits mellow in the sun,
The laden boughs are hanging down,
The Summer flowers to seed have run,
The forest leaves are tinged with brown;
The poppy gems the yellow corn,
The leveret scents the new-mown lawn,
And rising with the early morn,
The merry reaper takes his way.

Full and round the harvest moon,
Sweet and clear the harvest tune,
Light and mirth o’er all the land,
Greet the merry harvest band.

The truant bird is on the wing,
The sportsman out upon the moor,
And laughing children dance and sing
At sunset round the cottage door:
For Spring may clothe the naked ground,
And Summer give the roses birth,
But Autumn comes with plenty crowned
And scatters blessing o’er the earth.