Pack, clouds, away (John Ebenezer West)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78303:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 547 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Pack, clouds, away
Composer: John Ebenezer West
Lyricist: Thomas Heywood
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1923 Silver, Burdett and Company

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Original text and translations

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Pack, clouds, away, and welcome, day,
With night we banish sorrow;
Sweet air, blow soft; mount, lark, aloft,
To give my Love good-morrow!
Wings from the wind to please her mind,
Notes from the lark I’ll borrow:
Bird, prune thy wing! nightingale, sing!
To give my Love good morrow!
To give my Love good morrow
Notes from them both I’ll borrow.

Wake from thy nest, robin redbreast,
Sing, birds, in every furrow;
And from each bill let music shrill
Give my fair Love good-morrow!
Blackbird and thrush in every bush,
Stare, linnet, and cock-sparrow,
You pretty Elves, among yourselves,
Sing my fair Love good morrow!
To give my Love good-morrow!
Sing, birds, in every furrow!