Green thorn of the hill of ghosts (John Wall Callcott)
- Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2009-11-03). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 82 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Dynamics and tempo indications are probably by Horsley. A "forte" has been added editorially to bar 55.
Description: A four part glee. In Horsley’s edition Ossian’s “windy skirt” has been changed to “shadowy form”. Horsley may have regarded the image of a windy skirt, anticipating by 150 years Marilyn Monroe’s famous scene in “The seven year itch”, to be too indecent for the readership of Callcott’s collected works.
Original text and translations
Text from "Temora" by "Ossian" ((James Macpherson (1736-1796))
Green thorn of the hill of ghosts, that shakest thy head to nightly winds! I hear no sound in thee, is there no spirit's windy skirt [shadowy form] now rustling in thy leaves? Often are the steps of the dead, in the dark-eddying blasts; when the moon, a dun shield, from the east is rolled along the sky.