The Curfew Bell (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #77957:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 437 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Curfew Bell
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Wellington Guernsey
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, B divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1876 Stanley Lucas, Weber & Co.
Description: Henry Smart also composed another partsong “The Curfew” using a different text.

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Original text and translations

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Sweet the Curfew bell is ringing,
Calling all unto repose;
Grateful hearts and voices hymning
At the blest hour of day’s close;
Rich and poor now pray for safe rest,
Asking, kneeling to be blest.
All is silent now and shrouded
In the darkness of the night;
Lay we down to rest unclouded
Till the morn comes clear and bright;
Let our hearts in secret praying,
Our pride banish from within us,
Our pride banish from within us,
Breathing peace to all around.