Twilight (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-26)  CPDL #76681:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-26).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 335 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2020-02-08)  CPDL #56960:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-02-08).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Twilight
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: William Smallcombe Passmore

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1880 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 13, no. 374

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Original text and translations

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1  Queen of the year is joyous June,
Her reign, how blithe and gay!
Her brow with brightest flowers is crowned,
Her lips are glowing day.
The sun, in majesty supreme,
Lights up her cloudless noon;
And night, dethroned by Twilight's power,
Glooms not the reign of June!

2  But in that happier realm on high,
Where white-robed angels soar,
A still more glorious summer rules
For ever, evermore!
No jealous night intrudes to mark
Its high eternal noon:
For not e'en Twilight veils the reign
Of that celestial June.