Rise, fair goddess of the dawn (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #77979:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 453 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2014-06-15)  CPDL #32262:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2014-06-15).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 103 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 28/06/20.

General Information

Title: Rise, fair goddess of the dawn
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Jessica Rankin

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1885 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 18, no. 518

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Original text and translations

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Rise, fair goddess of the dawn,
Ope thy gates with rosy finger,
Mists that veil the smiling morn
Round thy golden portals linger:
See the stars before thee fleeting,
Sable night, in fear retreating,
Hides her terrors from thine eyes:
Goddess of the dawn, arise!

When the first pale light appears,
Earth is bathed in dewy show'rs,
Brightly shine 'mid smiles and tears,
Wake to life the blushing flow'rs.
Rosy clouds before thee sending,
Glowing colours softly blending,
Clothe with light the eastern skies:
Goddess of the dawn, arise!