Ossian's address to the sun (Legh Richmond)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-10-04).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 272 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Ossian's address to the sun
Composer: Legh Richmond
Lyricist: James Macpherson
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATBB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1796
Description: Printed on behalf of the Harmonic Society of Cambridge.

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Original text and translations

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Thou who rollest in the firmament, round as the shield of my fathers,
whence is thy girdle of glory, O sun, anf thy light everlasting?
Forth thou comest in thy awful beauty; the stars at thy rising haste to their azure pavilions;
The moon sinks pale in the waters, but thou movest alone.
Who dareth to wander beside thee? Oaks of the mountain decay and the hard rock crumbles asunder;
ocean shrinks and grows again; lost is the moon in the heavens;
whilst thou remainest the same, to rejoice in thy brightness.
Although laden with storms be the wind, loud thunders be rolling;
though lightnings be glaring around, thou lookest from the clouds in thy beauty,
laughing at the storm.