Ave Maria, 'tis the hour of prayer (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #77950:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 386 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-10-14)  CPDL #55611:         
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General Information

Title: Ave Maria, 'tis the hour of prayer
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Etheldred Mary Smart

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 8, no. 241

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Original text and translations

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1  Ave Maria 'tis the hour of prayer,
And quiet reigns o'er earth and sky and ocean,
The chime of bells falls on the charmed air.
Awakening thoughts of peace and calm devotion.
Ave Maria.

2  Oh! snatch an hour from earth-born toil and care,
And let thine heart on spirit wings ascending,
Pour forth the tide of mingled praise and prayer,
With never-ceasing songs of angels blending.
Ave Maria.