The Reapers (George Alexander Osborne)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-22)  CPDL #77532:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 456 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Reapers
Composer: George Alexander Osborne
Lyricist: Robert West Taylor
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1862 Chappell & Co.
Description: Six Four-part Songs, No. 3

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Original text and translations

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The sun is up, come let us go,
We are the merry reapers,
Leave sloth to those who’ve cares and woes,
We are no drowsy sleepers.

At dawn we rise, and morning skies,
Have not a tint more mellow
Than is the rose each cheek that shows
In the corn fields yellow.

We love to hear the sickle gaily playing,
And the horn from distance borne with echoes replying.
Oh, then ’tis sweet to meet those on us depending.