Hear, sweet spirit (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #78013:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 430 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-07-02)  CPDL #54664:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-07-02).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Hear, sweet spirit
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1871 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 4, no. 143

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Original text and translations

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Hear, sweet spirit, hear the spell,
Lest a blacker charm compel!
So shall the midnight breezes swell
With thy deep long-lingering knell.

And at evening evermore,
In a chapel on the shore,
Shall the chanters sad and saintly,
Yellow tapers burning faintly,
Doleful masses chaunt for thee,
Miserere Domine!

Hark! the cadence dies away
On the quiet moonlight sea:
The boatmen rest their oars and say,
Miserere Domine!