How soft the shades of evening creep (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #77962:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 400 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-10-29)  CPDL #55781:        
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-10-29).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: How soft the shades of evening creep
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Reginald Heber

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 8, no. 257

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Original text and translations

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1  How soft the shades of evening creep
O'er yonder dewy lea,
Where balmy winds have lulled to sleep
The tenants of the tree.
No wandering breeze is here to sweep,
In winding ripple o'er the deep,
Yet swells the heaving sea.

2  How calm the sky! rest, ocean, rest,
From storm and ruffle free,
Calm as the image on thy breast
Of her that governs thee.
And yet beneath the moon's mild reign,
Thy broad breast heaves, as one in pain,
Thou dark and silent sea!