Oft have I stood at eve (John Clarke-Whitfeld)
- 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.
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.
Original text and translations
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.