Away to the woods (Alonzo Judson Abbey)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-07-03).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 753 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Away to the woods
Composer: Alonzo Judson Abbey
Lyricist: Eden Reeder Latta
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1881 Oliver Ditson & Co.

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Original text and translations

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Away to the woods, away,
To the cool inviting shade,
Where gentle waving boughs
Are by the breezes swayed;
Where shadows with the light
A web of beauty weaves,
And songbirds gaily sing
Amid the verdant leaves.

Away, away to the woods, away,
With spirits light and free;
We’ll leave our daily cares behind,
Oh! a happy band are we!

Away to the woods, away,
To the “fairy-haunted” dell;
Adieu to tiresome toil,
A woodland song to swell;
The kindly words and smiles
That bless our “picnic” hours,
As sweet to us shall be
As fragrance of the flow’rs.

Away to the woods, away,
What a merry laughing throng;
Come, friends, fall into line,
And go with us along;
Oh, much too soon will come
The closing of the day,
Then to the picnic ground
Oh, let us haste away.