The South Wind (William McKendrick)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-16).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 223 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The South Wind
Composer: William McKendrick
Lyricist: John E. Wardlecreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1899 J. Curwen & Sons

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Original text and translations

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Blow, blow, O gentle wind,
Soft as the whispering of an amorous breath,
When life’s sweet song is heard
From every tuneful bird,
And gladsome music rises unconfined.

Waft, waft, O gentle wind,
As with the tenderness of Love’s own voice;
Zephyrs that murmur low,
As on their way they go,
Sweet lays of lands whereto the sun is kind.

Sigh, sigh, 0 gentle wind,
As one who mourns o’er fair scenes left behind;
Yet in thy sighing sing
Of joys that ever cling
Around those dreams within our hearts enshrined.

Blow, blow, O gentle wind,
And in thy cadences and melodies
Weave thou a touching strain,
With love for thy refrain,
And with love’s dear beseechings intertwined.