Lone dweller of the rock (John Wall Callcott)

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  • (Posted 2008-05-29)  CPDL #17017:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2008-05-29).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: It may have been intended that the notes in bar 72, tenor parts, should be sung as a triplet.

General Information

Title: Lone dweller of the rock
Composer: John Wall Callcott

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858).

First published:
Description: A 4 part glee

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Original text and translations

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Lone dweller of the rock
by John Rannie (lived 18th Century)

Lone dweller of the rock, whose echoes mourn
So deeply with the sounds of vague complaint,
The blessings of thy peaceful mansion spurn,
Or with thy portion learn to be content.

All Nature's gifts are thine, On Ocean's breast
The silent moon with dewy lustre streams;

And soon as Phoebus brightens in the East,
He lights thy chamber with his golden beams
To save it from the storm with friendly care,
Around thy mossy cave the wild woods tower;

And there the plaintive choristers, the choristers of air,
Their grateful notes of adoration pour,
Lone dweller of the rock, to murmur cease,
The cell of solitude should harbour peace.