The night watch (George Alexander Osborne)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-22)  CPDL #77530:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 430 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The night watch
Composer: George Alexander Osborne
Lyricist: Robert West Taylor
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1862 Chappell & Co.
Description: Six Four-part Songs, No. 1

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Original text and translations

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Beware, beware, the night is dark!
The drifting clouds are rent asunder,
The air is strangely calm–and hark!
A peal, a peal of distant thunder.

Oh, go not forth! the tempest’s might
Is not to be encountered lightly,
More wise to rest on such a night
Beside the fire blazing brightly.