Red o'er the forest (Samuel Reay)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-01)  CPDL #77747:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-01).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 619 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2020-03-17)  CPDL #57549:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-03-17).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 117 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Red o'er the forest
Composer: Samuel Reay
Lyricist: John Keble

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with minor Tenor divisi.
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1881 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 14, no. 403
Description: Lyrics from The Christian Year.

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Original text and translations

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1  Red o'er the forest peers the setting sun
The line of yellow light dies fast away,
That crowned the eastern copse, and chill and dun
Falls on the moor the brief November day.
Now the tired hunter winds a parting note,
And Echo bids good night from every glade,
Yet wait awhile, and see the calm leaves float
Each to his rest beneath their parent shade.

2  How like decaying life they seem to glide!
And yet no second spring have they in store,
But where they fall forgotten to abide
Is all their portion, and they ask no more.
Soon o'er their heads blithe April airs shall sing,
A thousand wildflowers round them shall unfold,
The green buds glisten in the dews of spring,
And all be vernal rapture as of old.