Oft have I stood at eve (John Clarke-Whitfeld)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2019-12-08).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Oft have I stood at eve
Composer: John Clarke-Whitfeld
Lyricist: James Hurdis

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1798 in Eight glees, Op. 4
Description: Published when Clarke was Master of the Boys at the Chapel Royal, Dublin. Clarke's setting of this evocation of Oxford's bells sets the word Magdalen as three syllables.

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Original text and translations

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Oft have I stood at eve, on Isis' banks,
To hear the merry Christ Church bells ring round.
So have I sat too in thy honoured shade,
Distinguished Magdalen, on Cherwell's brink,
To hear thy silver Wolsey tones so sweet.
And so too have I paused, and held my oar,
And suffered the slow stream to bear me home,
No speed required while Wykeham's peal was up.