Now by day’s retiring lamp (Henry Rowley Bishop)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-24)  CPDL #75702:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-24).   Score information: Letter, 20 pages, 944 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Chorus

General Information

Title: Now by day’s retiring lamp
Composer: Henry Rowley Bishop
Lyricist: Frederick Reynolds
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1864 Novello, Ewer & Co.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Now by day’s retiring lamp,
Lo! the vapours, dense and damp,
Through the misty æther spreds
    Every harm the traveler dreads.
Hark! hark! I hear the wanderer’s song,
As he winds the hills among;
Hark! hark! it is the cry of fear!
Wolves howl around him, storm is near.

When, from the deep and distant dell,
He hears the convent’s matin bell,
    Bim, bome! bim, bome, bell!
And soon the morn’s inspiring rays,
His well-known cot, his home displays.

from Don John or the two Violettas
Act 1, scene 3
Frederick Reynolds (1764–1841)
based on Beaumont and Fletcher’s The Chances