A Century's Penultimate (Charles Wood)
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Title: A Century's Penultimate
Composer: Charles Wood
Lyricist: Arthur Coleridge Jamescreate page
Number of voices: 6vv Voicing: SSATBB
Genre: Secular, Art song
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1899
Original text and translations
Resplendent beams are kindling in the East -
Awake, ye nations, to a nobler day.
From port to port, from spire to spire the ray
Lights upon commerce freed and powers released.
Ye, late returned from England's royal feast,
Pass friend to friend along the Atlantic breeze,
Join hearts with hearts,while threads that knit the seas
Flash love and joy in brotherhood increased.
So be this time remembered in the close
And sunset of our age which ebbs amain.
But thou, Victoria, may'st thou long sustain
The burden which thy people's love bestows.
The burden of a reign so richly blest,
Of all our reigns the longest and the best!