Cuckoo Song (John R. Dunham)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-11)  CPDL #76224:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-11).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 426 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Cuckoo Song
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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How dear are the joys of spring time,
We feel not a sorrow or care,
When the feathered warblers’ music
Softly floats on the balmy air.

Hark, hark!
Cuckoo, cuckoo,
List, list!
Cuckoo, cuckoo,
Swiftly the evening glides along,
As we list to the cuckoo’s song.

They fly to the cot and palace,
They soar over hill and mead,
And sing to the lonely shepherd,
And the flocks that round him feed.

They bring back the scenes of childhood,
The days that are past and gone,
When often I used to listen
To the cuckoo’s plaintive song.