Chime On, Sweet Bells (John R. Dunham)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-11)  CPDL #76223:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-11).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 457 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Chime On, Sweet Bells
Composer: John R. Dunham
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1886 Chicago Music Co.

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Original text and translations

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Mellow chimes whose silver sweetness
All the depths of memory wakes,
As upon the Sabbath stillness,
On the ear your music breaks;
I have heard you in my childhood,
Down through all the mist of years;
I can hear your soft chimes pealing,
Full of mingled smiles and tears.

Chime on, chime on,
Chime on, sweet village bells,
Chime on, chime on,
Chime on, sweet village bells.

Sounding through the verdant meadows,
Lingering in the quiet dells,
Till the hills the sounds reecho,
Make the chime of village bells;
You have rung in joy and sorrow,
Funeral toll and wedding chime,
Through the frosts and snows of winter,
Through the summer’s golden time.

I have wandered o’er the ocean,
I have heard in other climes,
From cathedral tower and steeple,
Glorious peals and silver chimes;
But I love to listen later
To the tale the music tells;
To the thoughts of home and childhood,
That you wake, sweet village bells.