Drops of rain (Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-08)  CPDL #77096:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-08).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 663 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-08-13)  CPDL #55048:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-08-13).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 167 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Drops of rain
Composer: Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens
Lyricist: William Duthie

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1872 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 5, no. 162
Description: Six Four-part Songs, No. 1 (1868)

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Original text and translations

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1  Pit, pat, pit, pat, there falls the rain
With a melancholy drip,
From the roof's o'erhanging lip,
Back to streaming earth again;
Where the yellow leaves are lying,
Where the autumn flowers are dying,
While winds are sighing,
while winds are sighing
Grief-notes in a solemn strain.

2  Pit, pat, pit, pat, with gentle sound,
Where the grass is tall and rank,
Where the forest glades are dank
And the sky is walled around,
With a fortress high and leaden,
Which the sickly sunbeams redden;
the drift leaves deaden
Music ere it reach the ground.

3  Pit, pat, pit, pat, so droops the year;
As its moisty hours began
So the darkling moments ran,
And the winter hovers near.
Oh! thou holy summer shining!
Oh! thou autumn light declining!
sad hearts repining
For the sunlight held so dear!