Sunshine through the clouds (Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-08)  CPDL #77103:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-08).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 610 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-08-16)  CPDL #55062:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-08-16).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 154 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Sunshine Through the Clouds
Composer: Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens
Lyricist: William Duthie

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

First published: 1868 Six Partsongs (No. 5) Novello
    2nd published: 1872 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 5, no. 166
Description: Six Four-part Songs, No. 5 (1868)

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Original text and translations

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1  When o'er the peaceful, scented glade,
The angry storm has swept;
And drooping hangs each tender blade,
As though the flowers wept;
How gloriously awaking,
Where frowning vapour crowds,
O'er mist and gloom comes breaking,
The sunshine through the clouds!
Sparkling and flashing,
All like a jewelled stream;
The light of joy and beauty
In every golden beam!

2  When o'er the tender, saddened heart
The storm of grief has past;
Each breath a sigh, each thought a smart,
It hopes to be the last!
How joyously awaking,
Where sorrow's gloom enshrouds,
O'er fear and doubt comes breaking,
The sunshine through the clouds!
Sparkling and flashing,
All like a jewelled stream;
The light of love and comfort
In every golden beam!

3  There's not a day but has its grief,
An hour but has its smile;
And ah! how sweet is the belief
That pain lasts but awhile!
And when the heart is aching,
As sadness o'er it crowds,
O'er fear and doubt comes breaking,
The sunshine through the clouds!
Sparkling and flashing,
All like a jewelled stream;
The light of joy and beauty
In every golden beam!