'Tis night, dead night (Samuel Webbe)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-02-07).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 297 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: 'Tis night, dead night
Composer: Samuel Webbe
Lyricist: Anon, probably the composercreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1792
Description: Composed expressly for, & performed at Messrs Harrison & Knyvett's vocal concert, 1792.

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Original text and translations

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'Tis night, dead night. Now o'er the plain darkness extends her ebon ray,
And wide along the gloomy scene deep silence holds her solemn sway.
Hence, darkness, hence see beauty rise, supplying sunshine to the eyes.
Let music all her tribute give, and hail the light by which we live.
See beauty rise, supplying sunshine to the eyes.