The bright-haired morn (Samuel Reay)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-01)  CPDL #77746:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-01).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 478 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2020-03-16)  CPDL #57540:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-03-16).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The bright-haired morn
Composer: Samuel Reay
Lyricist: John Keble

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1881 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 14, no. 402
Description: The lyrics are from The Christian Year.

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Original text and translations

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1  The bright-haired morn is glowing
O'er emerald meadows gay,
With many a clear gem strowing
The early shepherd's way.
Ye gentle elves, by Fancy seen
Stealing away with night.
To slumber in your leafy screen,
Tread more than airy light.

2  And see what joyous greeting
The sun through heaven has shed,
Though fast yon shower be fleeting,
His beams have faster sped.
For lo, above the western haze
High towers the rainbow arch,
In solid span of purest rays:
How stately is its march.