What is home without a mother? (Septimus Winner)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78341:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 400 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: What is home without a mother?
Composer: Septimus Winner
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1884 Harper & Bros.

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Original text and translations

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What is home without a mother?
What are all the joys we neet,
When her loving smile no longer
Greets the coming of our feet?
The days seem long, the nights are drear,
And time rolls slowly on;
And oh! how few are childhood’s pleasures
When her gentle care is gone.

Things we prize are first to vanish,
Hearts we love to pass away;
And how soon, e’en in our childhood,
We behold her turning grey;
Her eye grows dim, her step is slow;
Her joys of earth are past;
And sometimes ’ere we learn to know her,
She hath breathed on earth her last.

Older hearts may have their sorrows,
Griefs that quickly die away,
But a mother lost in childhood
Grieves the heart, the heart from day to day;
We miss her kind, her willing hand,
Her fond and earnest care;
And oh! how dark is life around us,
What is home without her there.

Alice Hawthorne (Sep. Winner)