Twilight Song (Harry Rowe Shelley)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-07)  CPDL #77916:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-07).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 444 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Twilight Song
Composer: Harry Rowe Shelley
Lyricist: May Byron
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 J. Curwen & Sons

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Original text and translations

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Twilight in her mantle still
Hides the village roofs away,
Covers all the purple hill
Close within her shadows grey.
Soil-worn hands and weary feet,
For awhile your dreams be sweet!
Rest, ye workers, while you can,
Labour is the lot of man.

Silent see the anvil stands,
All its glow is darkened now;
Lonely in the fallow lands
Lies at rest the busy plow.
While the shepherd leaves his hut,
And the kine in stall are shut;
Sleep, ye workers, while you can,
Labour is the life of man.

Twilight’s hand each care doth heal;
Lights are gleaming down the vale,
And the miller stops his wheel,
And the thresher drops his flail,
And the weaver leaves his loom
Hushed within the quiet room;
Rest, ye workers, while ye can,
Labour is the crown of man.