Anima nostra (Harry Boulton)

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  • (Posted 2017-07-22)  CPDL #45568:  This work has been withdrawn at the request of the composer.
Editor: Harry Boulton (submitted 2017-07-22).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes rehearsal piano part.
  • (Posted 2016-08-10)  CPDL #40713:  This work has been withdrawn at the request of the composer.
Editor: Harry Boulton (submitted 2016-08-10).   Score information: 176 x 250 mm, 8 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Anima Nostra
Composer: Harry Boulton
Lyricist: Joseph Addison

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2016
Description: Latin translation of a poem by Joseph Addison titled 'Hope'.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Anima nostra a malis decolorata
potest tamen albescere
et illuminare melioribus horis.

Sic flumen purum lucidumque
sordidum cum torrente currenti
et imbro qui descendit.

Fit clarum et sicut fluet ita purgat
donec paulatim speculum natans conlucet.

Flores lumine aquae repecussi,
in ripa crescunt et novum caelum
in suo gremio apparet.

English.png English text

Our lives, discoloured with our present woes,
May still grow white and shine with happier hours.
So the pure limped stream,when foul with stains
Of rushing torrents and descending rains,
Works itself clear, and as it runs refines,
till by degrees the floating mirror shines;
Reflects each flower that on the border grows,
And a new heaven in it's fair bosom shows.