Nellie (Aldine Silliman Kieffer)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-05)  CPDL #76969:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-05).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 429 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Nellie
Composer: Aldine Silliman Kieffer
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1872 Ruebush, Kieffer & Co.

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Original text and translations

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The wind sweeps down the meadow,
The snow lies on the hill,
And in old winter’s bosom
The brooklet sleepeth chill;
The earth has lost its beauty,
The skies are clad in gloom;
For she is gone,— my darling—
To sleep within the tomb.

Oh, Nellie, my Nellie,
My darling, my bride!
Thy slumbers are lonely
Upon the cold hillside.

The winds of winter lonely
Chant dirges o’er her grave;
And round about it only
The leafless willows wave;
No pleasant flowers are swelling
To burst their rich perfume,
Nor summer grasses growing
To clothe her peaceful tomb.

But there will come the summer,
And there will fall the rain,
And there the tender willow
Shall yet grow green again;
And there the Southwind’s calling
Shall waken fragrant flowers,
And there shall birds sing sweetly
In happy summer hours.

And Oh! there comes a summer
More precious, sweet and fair,
When we shall, like earth’s flowers,
New robes of beauty wear;
And then we’ll rise together
And walk these fields again,
And sing with all the angels
Redemption’s joyful strain.