Rise! Sleep no more! (Julius Benedict)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-02-07).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 647 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Rise! Sleep no more!
Composer: Julius Benedict
Lyricist: Bryan Procter
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1857
    2nd published: ca. 1875 Brainard's Sons
Description: Hunting Song

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Original text and translations

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Rise! Sleep no more! ’Tis a noble morn:
     The dews hang thick on the fringed thorn:
     And the frost shrinks back, like a beaten hound,
     Under the steaming steaming ground.
     Behold, where the billowy clouds flow by,
     And leave us along in the clear gray sky!
     Our horses are ready and steady So, ho!
     I'm gone, like a dart from the Tartar’s bow.
          Hark, hark! Who calleth the maiden Morn
          From her sleep in the woods and the stubble corn?
               The horn,—the horn!
          The merry sweet ring of the hunter’s horn.

     Now,— through the copse, where the fox is found,
     And o’er the brook, at a mighty bound,
     And o’er the high lands, and o’er the low,
     O’er furrows, o’er meadows the hunters go!
     Away!—as a hawk flies full at its prey,
     So flieth the hunter away,—away!
     From the burst at the cover till set of the sun,
     When the red fox dies and —the day is done!
          Hark, hark!—What sound on the wind is borne?
          ’Tis the conquering voice of the hunter’s horn.
               The horn,—the horn!
          The merry bold voice of the hunter’s horn.