To the Redbreast (John Baptiste Calkin)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-01)  CPDL #75933:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-01).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 363 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: To the Redbreast
Composer: John Baptiste Calkin
Lyricist: John Keble
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1870 Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Unheard in summer’s flaring ray,
    Pour forth thy notes, sweet singer,
Wooing the still sweet autumn day;
    Bid it a moment linger,
        Nor fly
Too soon from Winter’s scowling eye.

The blackbird’s song at eventide,
    And hers, who gay ascends,
Filling the heavens far and wide,
    Are sweet. But none so blends
        As thine,
With calm decay, and peace divine.

From “The Christian Year”
Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity