The clouds that wrap the setting sun (Samuel Reay)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-01)  CPDL #77749:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-01).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 426 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The clouds that wrap the setting sun
Composer: Samuel Reay
Lyricist: John Keble
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1878 Novello, Ewer, and Co.
Description: from The Christian Year

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Original text and translations

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The clouds that wrap the setting sun
When Autumn’s softest gleams are ending,
Where all bright hues together run
In sweet confusion blending:—
Why, as we watch their floating wreath
Seem they the breath of life to breathe?
To Fancy’s eye their motions prove
They mantle round the Sun for love.

When up some woodland dale we catch
The many-twinkling smile of ocean,
Or with pleased ear bewildered watch
His chime of restless motion;
Still as the surging waves retire
They seem to gasp with strong desire,
Such signs of love old Ocean gives,
We cannot choose but think he lives.