At the Church Gate (Frank Wilson Parish)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-22)  CPDL #77549:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 411 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: At the Church Gate
Composer: Frank Wilson Parish
Lyricist: William Makepeace Thackeray
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1918 H. W. Gray

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Original text and translations

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Although I enter not,
Yet round about the spot
Ofttimes I hover;
And near the sacred gate,
With longing eyes I wait,
Expectant of her.

The minster bell tolls out
Above the city’s rout,
And noise and humming;
They’ve hush’d the minster bell:
The organ ’gins to swell;
She’s coming, she’s coming!

My lady comes at last,
Timid and stepping fast
And hastening thither,
With modest eyes downcast;
She comes— she’s here, she’s past!
May heaven go with her!

Kneel undisturb’d, fair saint!
Pour out your praise or plaint
Meekly and duly;
I will not enter there,
To sully your pure prayer
With thoughts unruly.

But suffer me to pace
Round the forbidden place,
Lingering a minute,
Like outcast souls, who wait,
And see, through heaven’s gate,
Angels within it.