The swallows (Christian August Pohlenz)

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  • (Posted 2020-03-28)  CPDL #57745:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-03-28).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The swallows
Composer: Christian August Pohlenz

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB

Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1882 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 15, no. 438

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Original text and translations

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Swallows are gayest when evening dews
Fill with sweet odours the air,
Then we go joyously wheeling about
O'er meadows verdant and fair.
Earth seeming drowsy, on high then we soar;
Skies have delights still for swallows in store.

Fluttering merrily o'er the woods,
Light-hearted creatures are we,
Pleasures are present in every shape,
Pleasures for all who are free.
Ere hoary winter approaches with rime,
Swallows are off to a far southern clime.