The River’s Song (Jacob Franklin King)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-06)  CPDL #76987:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-06).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 496 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The River’s Song
Composer: Jacob Franklin King
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1901 J. F. King, publisher

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Original text and translations

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Far away, far away,
In the sunny meadows,
Hear it now, hear it now,
’Tis the river’s song;
Dipping, tripping, dashing, flashing,
Thro’ the merry shadows,
Beautiful and musical
It glides along.

Long ago, long ago,
Sported there sweet childhood;
Hear it now, hear it now,
Shouting o’er the wave;
Quaffing, laughing, singing, springing,
Thro’ the tangled wildwood,
O’er the ripple bending, each
Young brow to lave.

Onward still, onward still,
Is the river gliding
To the sea, to the sea,
Like the stream of time;
Surging, urging, swelling, telling,
There is no delaying,
Murmuring of ocean in
A stream sublime.