Song of the wind (Gertrude Hine)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-18)  CPDL #59302:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-06-18).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 148 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Song of the wind
Composer: Gertrude Hine
Lyricist: Maud HInecreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with S solo, and minor divisi.
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1884 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 17, no. 468

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Original text and translations

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I whisper among the feathery grass,
And dimple the rivulet as I pass,
In the flower-starred field, on the sunlit hill, In the
flow'rstarr'd field, on the sunlit hill,
Fetterless, joyful, I roam at my will.

And oft in a headlong, hurrying chase,
I drive the clouds thro' the azure space;
Then dropping I laugh in gathered sheaves,
Or whirl in a dance with the fallen leaves.

O'er the deep, deep ocean, a master am I,
As I mockingly hurl his waves on high,
And the foundering ships on the rocks I break;
Then turning I laugh at the havoc I make.

Thro' the churchyard in silence I wonderingly pass,
And scarce care to linger and play with the grass;
But I drop as I sobbingly hold in my breath,
And for once am subdued in the presence of death.

I tremblingly whisper around the old church
And wail in the ivy leaves over the porch;
Then entering softly I hush to a sigh,
For a spirit is there, who is greater than I.