The Sculptor Boy (Frederic Henry Pease)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-27)  CPDL #77639:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-27).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 214 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Sculptor Boy
Composer: Frederic Henry Pease
Lyricist: William Croswell Doane
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1894 Ginn & Co.

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Original text and translations

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Chisel in hand stood a Sculptor Boy,
With his marble block before him,
And his face lit up with a smile of joy,
As an angel dream passed o’er him:
He carved the dream on the shapeless stone,
With many a sharp incision,
With heaven’s own light the sculptor shone,
He had caught that angel vision.

Sculptors of life are we, as we stand
With our souls un-carved before us,
Waiting the hour when at God’s command,
Our life’s dream passes o’er us.
If we carve it then on the yielding stone,
With many a sharp incision,
Its heavenly beauty shall be our own,
Our lives that angel vision.