The evening star (Samuel Coleridge-Taylor)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-05)  CPDL #76058:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-05).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 545 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The evening star
Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Lyricist: Thomas Campbell (poet)
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1911 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Star that bringest home the bee,
And sett’st the weary labourer free!
If any star shed peace, ’tis Thou,
    That send’st it from above,
Appearing when heaven’s breath,
heav’n’s breath and brow
    Are sweet as hers we love.

Come to the luxuriant skies,
Whilst the landscape’s odours rise,
    Whilst far-off lowing herds are heard
And songs, when toil is done,
From cottages whose smoke unstirr’d
    Curls yellow in the sun.

Star of love’s soft interviews,
Parted lovers on thee muse;
    Their remembrancer in Heav’n
Of thrilling vows thou art,
Too delicious to be riven
    By absence from the heart.