As the moon’s soft splendour (Charles Wood)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78348:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 444 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: As the moon’s soft splendour
Composer: Charles Wood
Lyricist: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, minor divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1905 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

An Ariette for Music. To a Lady singing to her Accompaniment on the Guitar.

As the moon’s soft splendour
O’er the faint, cold starlight of heaven
Is thrown,
So thy voice most tender
To the strings without soul has given
Its own.

The stars will awaken,
Though the moon sleep a full hour later
No leaf will be shaken
Whilst the dews of thy melody scatter

Though the sound overpowers,
Sing again, with thy sweet voice revealing
A tone
Of some world far from ours,
Where music and moonlight and feeling
Are one.