Nature’s praise (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #77972:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 560 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Nature’s praise
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: William Smallcombe Passmore
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, some B divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1871 Tonic Sol-Fa Agency

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Original text and translations

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When the Dawning twilight
Wakes up drowsy day,
Forth of heaven’s high portals,
Bounds the lark away,
Earthly music mingling
With the angels’ lays,
Loud and long he wafteth
Nature’s grateful praise!

When, in dazzling glory
Reigns the orb of day,
Over mead and mountain,
With majestic sway,
In the covert hiding,
From his searching gaze,
Blackbird, thrush, and linnet,
Lift their choral praise!

When eve’s mystic gleaming
Floats o’er earth her veil,
In the dreamy thicket,
Pipes the nightingale;
Heed, proud man, the lesson
Which this truth conveys,
And with heart untiring
Sound thy Maker’s praise!