I will arise and go now (Jennifer Bastable)

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  • (Posted 2024-01-28)  CPDL #78934:       
Editor: Jennifer Bastable (submitted 2024-01-28).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 350 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: I will arise and go now
Composer: Jennifer Bastable
Lyricist: William Butler Yeats
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: Solo Soprano + SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: A setting of Yeats’s poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ for soloist and four-part accompanying choir. The solo part requires a range of low B to upper Eb, so best suited to mezzo-soprano or low soprano.

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Original text and translations

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I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.