Hymn to Soma (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2016-12-13)  CPDL #42290:        (Sibelius 8)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2016-12-13).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Copyright CPDL 2016.

General Information

Title: Hymn to Soma
Composer: Gustav Holst

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1912
Description: Originally publish as part of the Rig Veda for male voices. Publisher Stainer and Bell

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Original text and translations

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La, la…
The thoughts of men are manifold and diverse are their ways,
The doctor seeks the invalid, the Brahman one who prays.
Flow on, Indu, flow ye on O holy stream, we pour thee for Indra.

Sharp arrows doth the smithy make with feathers, reeds and canes,
But first he seeks a wealthy man to pay him for his pains!
Flow on…

A poet I, my dad’s a leech, my mother grinds the corn
In hope of winning wealth and fame we rise to work each morn.
Flow on…

The horse would draw an easy car, the frog doth yearn for rain
The lad is looking for a mate, the lassie wants a swain!
Flow on…