Consolation (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #77953:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 399 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2013-12-03)  CPDL #30685:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2013-12-03).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the Novello edition. Revised files uploaded 18/02/19.

General Information

Title: Consolation
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué translated

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Vol. 1, no. 43

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Original text and translations

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If life were fair around thee,
Fair as the heart had willed,
Without a grief to wound thee,
Or bright hope unfulfilled,
Mortal, for death preparing,
Could'st thou to death submit?

Thou would'st refuse, despairing,
A world so dear to quit
But, one by one, thou knowest,
Life's gentle bonds are riven,
So, cheered at heart, thou goest
Through earth’s deep grave to heaven!

The chains of fear are broken,
Hope's star is bright aloft!
Oft has this truth been spoken,
But never once too oft.