Softly come! thou evening gale (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #78007:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 411 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Softly come! thou evening gale
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Frederick Enoch
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1876 Stanley Lucas, Weber & Co.

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Original text and translations

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Softly come! thou evening gale,
Sweet as wind from Yemen’s vale!
Sweet from rose and myrtle flower,
From olive grove and citron bower,
Where clustered bells in beauty bloom,
Where passion-flowers shine mid the gloom,
Where by the nectar scented rose,
With golden fruit, the orange glows.

Bear upon thy breath, oh! gale,
To my love the charmèd tale
Spoken by each leaf and flower,
With words that love has made their dower.
Had I but viewless wings like thine,
Soon would I seek this love of mine;
I’d pass each bar with yon moonbeams
And whisper softly where she dreams!