Childhood's melody (Francesco Berger)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-22)  CPDL #75605:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-22).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 484 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-06-01)  CPDL #54424:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-06-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Childhood's melody
Composer: Francesco Berger
Lyricist: William Ball

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1870 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 3, no. 94

Description: Text from the German of Robert Eduard Prutz (1816–1872)

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Original text and translations

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Sad and alone, at midnight hour,
Strange-seeming sounds come wafted near,
As when a mother's softest power
Soothes into peace her nurseling dear.
When unobserved soft tears are flowing,
Easing the pain that fills the heart;
And on the fev'rish brow bestowing
Calm that bids our cares depart.

As if the May, again returning,
Waved o'er our path her angel wing.
Life seems with gracious promise burning,
Hailing anew its gentle Spring.
And as that dreamlike strain floats nigh me,
Whate'er its sacred mission be,
E'en while I wake it passes by me,
As though 'twere childhood's melody.