Upon the mountain’s distant head (George J. Webb)

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  • (Posted 2024-02-20)  CPDL #79196:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-02-20).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 301 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Upon the mountain’s distant head
Composer: George J. Webb
Lyricist: William Cullen Bryant
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1843 J. H. Wilkins and R. B. Carter
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Original text and translations

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Upon the mountain’s distant head,
   With trackless snows for ever white,
Where all is still, and cold, and dead,
   Late shines the day’s departing light.

But far below those icy rocks,
   The vales, in summer bloom arrayed,
Woods full of birds, and fields of flocks,
   Are dim with mist and dark with shade.

’Tis thus, from warm and kindly hearts,
   And eyes where generous meanings burn,
Earliest the light of life departs,
   But lingers with the cold and stern.