Homeward (Henry David Leslie)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-09)  CPDL #77128:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-09).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 312 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2020-04-15)  CPDL #58007:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-04-15).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Homeward
Composer: Henry David Leslie
Lyricist: H. Macdowall

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1883 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 16, no. 443
Description: The lyrics are from the Sunday Magazine; the music composed expressly for the Glasgow Select Choir.

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Original text and translations

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1  The day dies slowly in the western sky;
The sunset splendour fades, and wan and cold,
The far peaks wait the sunrise, cheerily,
The goatherd calls his wanderers to the fold.
My weary soul, that fain would cease to roam,
Take comfort, evening bringeth all things home.

2  The swift-winged seagull homeward takes her flight;
The ebbing tide breaks softer on the sand.
The red-sailed boats draw shoreward for the night,
The shadows deepen over sea and land.
Be still, my soul, thine hour shall also come,
Behold, one evening God shall lead thee home.