The watchword (Ciro Pinsuti)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-04-27).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 213 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The watchword
Composer: Ciro Pinsuti
Lyricist: Mary Mark-Lemon
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with minor divisi.
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1880 The Musical Times no.455
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Original text and translations

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1  Out of the city gates they rode
A crowd of armed men,
Their lances dashing, their helmets flashing
Adown the distant glen;
The tramp of their steeds, and the trumpet's clang,
On the morning stillness fall,
And the watchword rings with a wild weird cry,
"Each for himself, each for himself, and Allah for all!"

2  Out of the city gates there watched
A band of maidens true,
Their tresses gleaming, their lone hearts dreaming,
Beneath the sky so blue;
The sound of their tears, and their sad farewells,
On the morning stillness fall,
And the watchword sounds like a solemn prayer,
"Each for himself, each for himself and Allah for all!"

3  Into the city gates there rode
A band of warriors brave,
Their lances broken, in earnest token
Of many a hard-earned grave,
The sound of their voices raised aloft,
On the ears of the maidens fall,
As the watchword rings with the victor's cry,
"Each for himself, each for himself, and Allah for all!"