To Music (Geoff Allan)

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  • (Posted 2022-03-25)  CPDL #68541:      Icon_mp3_globe.gif  
Editor: Geoff Allan (submitted 2022-03-25).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 395 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: To Music
Composer: Geoff Allan
Lyricist: Robert Herrick
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genres: Secular & SacredPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2022
Description: Written as a companion piece to my "Song for St. Cecilia" this setting of two poems by Robert Herrick is a celebration of the power and healing properties of music.

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Original text and translations

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To Music
Music, thou queen of heaven, care-charming spell,
That strik’st a stillness into hell;
Thou that tam’st tigers, and fierce storms, that rise,
With thy soul-melting lullabies;
Fall down, down, down, from those thy chiming spheres
To charm our souls, as thou enchant’st our ears.

To Music, to becalm his Fever
CHARM me asleep, and melt me so
With thy delicious numbers,
That, being ravish'd, hence I go
Away in easy slumbers.
Ease my sick head,
And make my bed,
Thou power that canst sever
From me this ill,
And quickly still,
Though thou not kill
My fever.

Fall on me like the silent dew,
Or like those maiden showers
Which, by the peep of day, do strew
A baptim o'er the flowers.
Melt, melt my pains
With thy soft strains;
That, having ease me given,
With full delight
I leave this light,
And take my flight
For Heaven.