Song of the silent land (Paul Ambrose)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-15).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 449 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Song of the silent land
Composer: Paul Ambrose
Lyricist: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1902 Arthur P. Schmidt

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Original text and translations

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Into the Silent Land!
Ah! who shall lead us thither?
Clouds in the evening sky more darkly gather,
And shattered wrecks lie thicker on the strand.
Who leads us with a gentle hand
Thither, O thither,
Into the Silent Land?

Into the Silent Land!
To you, ye boundless regions
Of all perfection! Tender morning visions
Of beauteous souls! The Future’s pledge and band!
Who in Life’s battle firm doth stand,
Shall bear Hope’s tender blossoms,
Into the Silent Land!

O Land! O Land!
For all the brokenhearted,
The mildest herald by our fate allotted,
Beckons, and with inverted torch doth stand,
To lead us with a gentle hand
To the land of the great departed,
Into the Silent Land!

Translation by Longfellow from the German of Johann Gaudenz Gubert Graf von Salis-Seewis (1762–1834)