Five times by the taper's light (Stephen Storace)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-11)  CPDL #64023:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-04-11).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Five times by the taper's light
Composer: Stephen Storace
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1792
    2nd published: 1863 The Musical Times no.239
Description: From Storace's afterpiece, "The Iron Chest". He died during the piece's composition, and some (uncertain proportion) was perhaps completed by Michael Kelly. This glee was performed at Storace's posthumous benefit concert, and is therefore unlikely to be of spurious attribution. For the first 60 years of its life, it was performed SSST or SSAT

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Original text and translations

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Five times by the taper's light
The hourglass I have turned tonight!
Where's Father? He's gone out to roam;
If he have luck, He'll bring a buck
Upon his lusty shoulders home.
Home! Home! he comes not home.
Hark! from the woodland vale below,
The distant clock sounds dull, and slow.
Bome! Bome!