When the fair moon (William Horsley)

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General Information

Title: When the fair moon
Composer: William Horsley
Lyricist: Homer (trans. Alexander Pope)create page

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1815
Description: Horsley was an enthusiastic early-adopter of the metronome: tempo markings are his own.

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Original text and translations

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When the fair moon, refulgent lamp of night,
O'er heav'n's clear azure spreads her sacred light;
When not a breath disturbs the deep serene,
And not a cloud o'ercasts the solemn scene;
Around her throne the vivid planets roll,
And stars unnumber'd gild the glowing pole.
O'er the dark trees a yellow'r verdure shed,
And tip with silver ev'ry mountains head.
Then shine the vales, the rocks in prospect rise;
A flood of glory bursts from all the skies,
The conscious swains rejoicing in the sight.
Eye the blue vault, and bless the useful light.