The hour of singing (James McGranahan)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 568 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The hour of singing
Composer: James McGranahan
Lyricist: Mary Elizabeth Servoss
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1878 John Church & Co.

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Original text and translations

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We meet, we meet, we meet once more,
With voices clear and ringing,
To pass together here again
A pleasant hour of singing.

Then come with happy hearts and bright,
With voices full of gladness,
And banish every thought tonight
That brings one shade of sadness.

Let every voice be sweet and clear,
Let every eye be shining,
For we have come to spend this hour
Sweet music’s depths divining.

’Tis said that we should ne’er put off
Today’s work till tomorrow.
This rule should always be reversed,
When ’tis applied to sorrow.

Then come with cheery heart and song,
And friendship’s earnest greeting,
And smiles, not tears, shall rule the hour,
When friends of song are meeting.