Winds of Autumn (Charles Oberthür)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-21)  CPDL #77526:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-21).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 461 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2020-03-31)  CPDL #57790:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-03-31).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Winds of Autumn
Composer: Charles Oberthür
Lyricist: Wellington Guernsey

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1882 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 15, no. 418

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Original text and translations

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1  Winds of Autumn, chill and lonely,
Why, in hollow whispering lay,
Tell us, ever tell us, only
Of the things that pass away!
Not from valleys ever smiling,
'Neath the glow of southern skies,
Love to bowers of ease beguiling,
Do your mournful voices rise.

2  But your solemn, sad-toned voices
Pour no glad and mirthful strains;
Caught from whispering woods and breezes,
Sporting on Arcadian plains.
From the peaceful, sparkling rivers
Of the bright Italian clime,
Where the pale-eyed moonlight shivers
Through the branches of the lime.

3  Ye are sighing, ye are sighing,
And ye bring no record fair
From the isles, where, overflowing,
Music thrills the slumberous air.
Winds of Autumn, chill and lonely
Why, in hollow whispering lay,
Tell us, ever tell us only,
How our hopes have blown away!