The fountain, Op. 71, No. 2 (Edward Elgar)

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  • (Posted 2014-06-30)  CPDL #32369:       
Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2014-06-30).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 137 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Bass, bar 54, the last note (crotchet) should be E, not D, according to the Novello edition (IMSLP 379297)

General Information

Title: The Fountain, Op. 71, No. 2
Composer: Edward Elgar
Lyricist: Henry Vaughan

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1914

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Original text and translations

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The unthrift sun shot vital gold,
A thousand, thousand pieces;
And heav'n its azure did unfold
Chequer'd with snowy fleeces;
The air was all in spice,
And ev'ry bush
A garland wore:
Thus fed my eyes,
But all the earth lay hush,
Only a little fountain lent
Some use for ears,
And on the dumb shades language spent,
The music of her tears.