Soon as the morning trembles o'er the sky (from Ruth) (George Tolhurst)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-09)  CPDL #57912:           
Editor: William Hale (submitted 2020-04-09).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 296 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This attempt at a modern performing version of one of Ruth's most celebrated choruses presents the accompaniment in an arrangement for piano duet and optional harmonium.

General Information

Title: Soon as the morning trembles o'er the sky (from Ruth)
Composer: George Tolhurst
Lyricist: James Thomson, Ruth ii, 17

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredOratorio

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard (originally orchestra)

First published: 1868
Description: George Tolhurst's oratorio Ruth was first performed in Prahran, Melbourne, in 1864, and repeated in London in 1868. "Soon as the morning trembles o'er the sky" occurs towards the end of part II of the oratorio.

Original text and translations

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Soon as the morning trembles o'er the sky,
And unperceived unfolds the spreading day,
Before the ripen'd field the reapers stand
In fair array.
So she gleaned in the field until the even.