Hymn to Soma (Gustav Holst)
- Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2016-12-13). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 80 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Copyright CPDL 2016.
Title: Hymn to Soma
Composer: Gustav Holst
First published: 1912
Description: Originally publish as part of the Rig Veda for male voices. Publisher Stainer and Bell
Original text and translations
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!
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.
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!