Sunshine (Sidney Alice Sheppard)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-07)  CPDL #77918:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-07).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 596 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sunshine
Composer: Sidney Alice Sheppard
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1874 R. Mills & Sons

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

I looked into a garden where
The varied green shrubs grow,
The frost had cruel curled them up
With hoar as white as snow.

“Away!” I cried, “Away! Away!
What right have you to freeze them up,
What right! What right!
When June is here today!”

The hoarfrost slunk onto the Earth
The moment I came near,
The timid shrubs at once began
Their drooping heads to rear.

And as they rallied I could hear
Them whispering one by one,
What a blessing is the sunshine,
“What a glorious Power, the Sun!”

I saved a roaming, half-fledged bird,
By terror sorely pressed,
By shining on the willow tree
And pointing to its nest.

And when my day was ended
I hastened to the West,
First giving many a floweret sweet
A parting found caress.

I kissed the little daisies bright,
And bade them leave off play,
And shut their eyes till I should come
And open them next day.

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