Shortest and longest (Walter Cecil Macfarren)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-12). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 104 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
Title: Shortest and longest
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: E. H. W.
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: TTBB
Genre: Secular, Partsong
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1876 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 9, no. 276
Original text and translations
1 The wan white clouds are trailing
Low o'er the level plain,
And the wind brings with its wailing
The chill of coming rain.
Fringed by the faded heather,
Wide pools of water lie,
And birds and leaves together
Whirl through the evening sky.
Haste thee away, O winter sky,
The weary hearted weep and say.
Sad in thy light, and slow thy flight,
Sweet were the words Good night! Good night!
2 The sweet west wind is flying,
Over the purple sea,
And the amber daylight dying,
On roadway, hill and tree.
The cattle bells are ringing
Among the slanting downs,
And children's voices flinging
Glad echoes through the towns.
O summer day! so soon away.
The happy hearted sigh and say.
Sweet is thy light, and sad thy flight,
And sad the words Good night! Good night!