Fireflies (Carl Busch)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-28)  CPDL #75843:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-28).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 705 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Fireflies
Composer: Carl Busch
Lyricist: Agnes Mary Frances Robinson
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1923 Silver, Burdett and Company

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

To-night I watch the fireflies rise
    And shine along the air;
They float beneath the starry skies,
    As mystical and fair,
Over the hedge where dimly glows
The deep gold of the Persian rose.

I watch the fireflies drift and float;
    Each is a dreamy flame,
Star-colored each, a starry mote,
    Like stars not all the same;
But whiter some, or faintly green,
Or wannest blue was ever seen.

They cross and cross and disappear,
    And then again they glow;
Still drifting faintly there and here,
    Still crossing to and fro,
As though in all their wandering
They wove a wide and shining thing.