The dawn of day (Samuel Reay)

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  • (Posted 2020-02-15)  CPDL #57054:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-02-15).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 111 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The dawn of day
Composer: Samuel Reay

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with minor T divisi.
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1880 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 13, no. 379

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Original text and translations

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1  Come and watch the daylight dawning,
O'er the mountains bleak and gray,
Come and see the purple morning
Tinge their summits far away.
Gaily sounds the voice of gladness
O'er the vale and through the grove,
Not one single note of sadness
Tells of aught but peace and love.
Tra la la.

2  Come, thy foot should ne'er be weary,
Never tired thy wakeful eye,
Earth should ne'er seem dark and dreary,
When the morning gilds the sky.
Birds shall plume their wings beside thee,
Gaily warbling overhead,
Sunbeams through the green leaves guide thee,
Where thy steps may safely tread.
Tra la la.

3  Come and see what forms of glory
Spring to life in morning's ray,
Come and hear the joyful story
Nature tells at dawn of day.
Tra la la.