The Water-Lily (Frederick S. Converse)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-05)  CPDL #76073:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-05).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 407 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Water-Lily
Composer: Frederick S. Converse
Lyricist: Mary Frances Butts
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1923 Silver, Burdett and Company

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Original text and translations

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“O star on the breast of the river!
O marvel of bloom and grace!
Did you fall right down from heaven,
Out of the sweetest place?
You are white as the thoughts of an angel,
Your heart is steeped in the sun;
Did you grow in the Golden City,
My pure and radiant one?”

“Nay, nay, I fell not out of heaven;
None gave me my saintly white;
It slowly grew from the darkness,
Down in the dreary night.
From the ooze of the silent river,
I win my glory and grace,
White souls fall not, O my poet,
They rise to the sweetest place.”