Sweet vesper hymn (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #78016:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 423 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-10-24)  CPDL #55720:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-10-24).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 110 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Sweet vesper hymn
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Frederick Enoch

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB, with minor Tenor divisi.
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 8, no. 251

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Original text and translations

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Sweet vesper hymn, now soaring to the sky!
Gladly swelling on the evening gale,
Telling the hour of peaceful rest draws nigh.
Rest to the peasant's cot and fisher's sail.
Loudly pealing o'er the sleeping ocean,
Softly fading where in skies afar,
Happy emblem of the heart's devotion
Brightly burns the early twilight star.
Sweet vesper hymn! sweet vesper hymn!

Sweet vesper hymn, while yet the sunset beams,
Shining golden leave the mountain steeps,
Sweetly each tone a voice of seraph seems,
Voice as of one that prayerful vigil keeps.
Loudly pealing filled with rapt emotion,
Floating softly but with joy to cease,
Leaving hearts that thrill with deep devotion,
Shining in the light of blissful peace!
Sweet vesper hymn! sweet vesper hymn!