Autumn (Josiah Booth)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-26)  CPDL #75751:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-26).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 684 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Autumn
Composer: Josiah Booth
Lyricist: Wentworth Francis Wentworth-Shields
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1895 Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

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The trees have loosed their fan of leaves,
They pass in golden streams,
And deck with many coloured sheaves
This autumn world of dreams.

The sun with silver haze o’er-spread,
Breaks forth in wild surprise,
To strike a glory from the dead,
And fire earth’s closing eyes.

The pine trees feel the sacred hour,
Each stem so straight and bare,
Receives a grandeur that has power,
To mix in nature’s prayer.

The smallest spot on earth unseals
Some path by angels trod;
And every fading flower reveals
The unchanging face of God.