Spring (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #78008:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 416 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-10-15)  CPDL #55624:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-10-15).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Spring
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Etheldred Mary Smart

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 8, no. 242

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Original text and translations

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1  Behold where laughing Spring advances,
Hoary Winter's wayward child,
With sunshine beaming from his glances
Beckoning round him zephyrs mild.
He breathes upon the frozen rivers,
He bids them break their icy chain,
The streams from bondage he delivers,
And frowning Winter storms in vain.

2  He falls upon the snowy bosom
Of his slumbering mother earth,
And straight to bud, and leaf, and blossom,
Spring's creative kiss gives birth.
He breaks the clouds, and diamond show'rs
Fall sparkling on each verdant spray,
And joyous birds in woodland bowers
Sing his praise in carols gay.