Dead in the Sierras (Samuel Coleridge-Taylor)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-05)  CPDL #76065:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-05).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 673 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Dead in the Sierras
Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Lyricist: Cincinnatus Heine Miller
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1905 Augener Ltd.

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Original text and translations

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    His footprints have failed us,
Where berries are red,
And madroños are rankest,—
The hunter is dead!

    The grizzly may pass
By his half-open door;
May pass and repass
On his path, as of yore;

    The panther may crouch
In the leaves on his limb;
May scream and may scream,—
It is nothing to him.

    Prone, bearded, and breasted
Like columns of stone;
And tall as a pine—
As a pine overthrown!

    His camp-fires gone,
What else can be done
Than let him sleep on
Till the light of the sun?

    Ay, tombless! what of it?
Marble is dust,
Cold and repellent;
And iron is rust.