The lark (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2020-02-07)  CPDL #56955:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-02-07).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The lark
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: William Motherwell

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1880 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 13, no. 369

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Original text and translations

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1  The grass is wet with shining dews,
Their silver bells hang on each tree;
While opening flowers and bursting bud
Breathe incense forth unceasingly;
The mavis pipes in greenwood shade,
The throstle glads the spreading thorn,
And merrily the blithesome lark
Salutes the rosy face of morn.
'Tis early prime,
And hark, hark, hark,
His merry chime,
Chirrups the lark,
Chirrup, chirrup, he heralds in
The jolly sun with matin hymn.

2  Come, come, O come, and may-dews shake,
In pail-fuls from each drooping bough;
They give fresh lustre to the bloom
That breaks upon thy young cheek now.
O'er hill and dale, o'er waste and wood,
Aurora's smiles are streaming free;
With earth it is brave holiday,
In heaven it looks high jubilee:
And it is right,
For mark, mark, mark,
How, bathed in light,
Chirrups the lark,
Chirrup, chirrup, he upward flies,
Like holy thoughts to cloudless skies.