The joys of Spring (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #78009:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 464 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-10-19)  CPDL #55675:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-10-19).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 106 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: The joys of Spring
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Etheldred Mary Smart

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 8, no. 246

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Original text and translations

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What are the joys of Spring?
Its flowers?
No, These may charm our sight,
And fill us with delight
But other joys hath Spring.

Blue skies and sunny showers?
No, These may warm and cheer,
And banish winter drear
But other joys hath Spring.

In Spring 'tis love alone
Doth life and joy impart
That thrills great Nature's heart,
And throbs within our own.