First Snows (Martin Johnson)

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  • (Posted 2018-08-01)  CPDL #50535:     
Editor: Martin Johnson (submitted 2018-07-16).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: First Snows
Composer: Martin Johnson
Lyricist: Martyn Halsallcreate page

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SecularConsort song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2018

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Original text and translations

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The first feathers of the snow fall among swans
all year they have guarded such whiteness to themselves.
Now, on iron water, through stone arches of branches,
flocked cloud, in the coming of winter
are the snowbirds reborn.

Misted first, fine as drizzle, over pewter mask of river,
snow harries furrow, enamelled bracken.
And the hard white, remaining late, unfolds through all the fields.