Two Northern Songs, Op. 43 (Edward MacDowell)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-10).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 404 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Two Northern Songs, Op. 43
Composer: Edward MacDowell
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1891 Arthur P. Schmidt
Description: 

1. The Brook

2. Slumber Song

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Original text and translations

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No. 1 THE BROOK
In sunlight and shadow,
Through forest and field,
Laughing and crying,
Softly sighing,
A tiny stream shallow
Runs on.
From streamlet to river
Till lost in the ocean,
Dreaming of love,
Of strife, of devotion,
So runs our life,
Ends our life of emotion.

No. 2 SLUMBER SONG
Frozen is the ground,
The stream’s ice-bound,
Softly the north wind croons.
Drowsy, sleepily falls the snow
As the frost king carves his runes.
Misty dreamland’s moonlit strand
Awaits the coming guest.
The pine logs smoulder
As soft on my shoulder
A flaxen head sinks to rest.