Autumn I (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-13)  CPDL #77258:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 500 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-07-29)  CPDL #54921:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-07-29).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Autumn
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: Mary Cowden Clarke

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard or a cappella

First published: 1872 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 5, no. 158

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Original text and translations

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Thy praises, Autumn, will we sing,
Thou, ruddy as thy ruby wine,
Compared with thee how pale the Spring!
Thy colouring how richly fine!
Ripe golden corn and purple grapes,
With peach and apple's rosy cheek;
Combining hue with grace of shape:
Who shall their beauties fitly speak?
The eye, the taste, thou dost rejoice,
To love thee, Autumn, who can fall?
Then let us pledge thee heart and voice,
In loving cup thine own bright ale.