Shiloh (Jeffrey Quick)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-19)  CPDL #65531:     
Editor: Jeffrey Quick (submitted 2021-08-19).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 148 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Shiloh
Composer: Jeffrey Quick
Lyricist: Herman Melvillecreate page
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2011
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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,
The swallows fly low
Over the field in clouded days,
The forest-field of Shiloh--
Over the field where April rain
Solaced the parched one stretched in pain
Through the pause of night
That followed the Sunday fight
Around the church of Shiloh--
The church so lone, the log-built one,
That echoed to many a parting groan
And natural prayer
Of dying foemen mingled there--
Foemen at morn, but friends at eve--
Fame or country least their care;
(What like a bullet can undeceive!)
But now they lie low,
While over them the swallows skim,
And all is hushed at Shiloh.

--Herman Melville, 1866