The chough and crow to roost are gone (Henry Rowley Bishop)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-24)  CPDL #75691:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-24).   Score information: Letter, 20 pages, 989 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Chough & Crow to roost are gone
Composer: Henry Rowley Bishop
Lyricist: Joanna Baillie
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB, SSB solos
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1864 Novello, Ewer & Co.
Description: Chorus

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Original text and translations

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The chough and crow to roost are gone,
    The owl sits on the tree,
The hush’d wind wails with feeble moan,
    Like infant charity.
The wild-fire dances on the fen,
    The red star sheds its ray;
Uprouse ye then, my merry men!
    It is our op’ning day.

Both child and nurse are fast asleep,
    And closed is every flower,
And winking tapers faintly peep
    High from my lady’s bowe;
Bewilder’d hinds with shorten’d ken
    Shrink on their murky way;
Uprouse ye then, my merry men!
    It is our op’ning day.

Nor board nor garner own we now,
    Nor roof nor latchèd door,
Nor kind mate, bound by holy vow
    To bless a good man's store;
Noon lulls us in a gloomy den,
    And night is grown our da;
Uprouse ye then, my merry men!
    And use it as ye may.

“The outlaw’s song”, from Orra
Act III, Scene 1