'Midst silent shades (John Stafford Smith)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-10-04). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 259 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
First published: 1779
Original text and translations
'Midst silent shades and purling streams
The god of love supinely dreams;
In rosy and fantastic chains
He leads deluded maids and swains.
But if the trumpet's loud alarms
Call us to deeds of manly arms,
Rous'd from his downy bed, he cuts the yielding air,
Sour'd at the noise and thunder of the war.