Native Music (Victor Herbert)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-27)  CPDL #76726:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-27).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 541 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Native Music
Composer: Victor Herbert
Lyricist: Samuel Lover
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1923 Silver, Burdett and Company
Description: Commissioned for a collection of part-songs published in the United States for use by school choirs.

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Original text and translations

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Ah! native music! beyond comparing
The sweetest far on the ear that falls,
Thy gentle numbers the heart remembers,
Thy strains enchain us in tender thralls.
    Thy tones endearing,
    Or sad or cheering,
The absent soothe on a foreign strand:
    Oh! who can tell
    What a holy spell
Is in the song of our native land?

The proud and lowly, the pilgrim holy,
The lover, kneeling at beauty's shrine,
The bard who dreams by the haunted streams,—
All, all are touch’d by thy power divine!
    The captive cheerless,
    The soldier fearless;
The mother,—taught by Nature’s hand,
    Her child when weeping,
    Will lull to sleeping,
With some sweet song of her native land!