Goodnight, thou glorious sun! (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #77961:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 425 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2019-02-19)  CPDL #53341:        
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-02-19).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: transcribed from the Novello edition on IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Goodnight, thou glorious sun!
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: William Smallcombe Passmore

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, minor B divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Vol. 1, no. 44

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Original text and translations

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1  Goodnight, thou wondrous lamp of day,
Speed on thy mission rare,
To solace with thy joyous ray,
Some distant hemisphere!
Veiled by thy cloak of crimson gold,
Thy day's high duty done;
Speed, noblest work of heavenly mould,
Good night, goodnight, thou glorious sun!

2  Around us chimes the curfew bell,
The ring-dove's gone to roost;
And eve-tide's starry sentinel
Is marching to his post!
The drowsy herd now homeward wends,
The glow-worm's sport's begun;
The night-bird's serenade ascends.
Goodnight, thou glorious sun!

3  Yet seem'st thou loth to leave our sphere,
For on thy features bright
There mounts a glow that tells, 'tis clear,
You blush to say, "Goodnight!"
To Him who rules thy sumptuous shine,
Be ceaseless homage done;
For us He framed thee, lamp divine,
Goodnight, thou glorious sun!