The Twelve (Gottfried Wilhelm Fink)

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  • (Posted 2022-05-15)  CPDL #69227:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-05-15).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 213 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Twelve
Composer: Gottfried Wilhelm Fink
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1879 The Orpheus (New series) no.88

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Original text and translations

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'Tis stangely true, we all confess,
That numbers sometimes charms possess;
While Harmony in Three is blended,
For Nine the Muses have contended;
But, as we no objection see,
Our fav'rite number Twelve shall be.

Twelve months we have in ev'ry year,
In each its pleasure, hope, and fear,
Tho' some, alas! are dark and dreary,
Yet many more are bright and cheery;
And as the Twelve so pass along,
We'll welcome each with wine and song.

While on its course the world doth haste,
Around the board let wine be passed.
Whene'er our number shall be shaken,
And one good soul to heav'n be taken,
Eleven shall their friendship test,
And bear the lifeless one to rest.
And when my dust to dust is flung,
Let o'er my grave a dirge be sung.