Gypsy Heart (Winton James Baltzell)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-15).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 923 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Gypsy Heart
Composer: Winton James Baltzell
Lyricist: Katherine Lee Bates
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1910 Oliver Ditson Co.

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Original text and translations

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The April world is misted with emerald and gold;
   The meadow-larks are calling sweet and keen;
Gypsy-heart is up and off for woodland and for wold,
   Roaming, roaming, roaming through the green.
         Gypsy-heart, away!
      Oh, the wind—the wind and the sun!
   Take the blithe adventure of the fugitive to-day;
      Youth will soon be done.

From buds that May is kissing there trembles forth a soul;
   The rosy boughs are whispering the white;
Gypsy-heart is heedless now of thrush and oriole,
   Dreaming, dreaming, dreaming of delight.
         Gypsy-heart, beware!
      Oh, the song the song in the blood!
   Magic walks the forest; there’s bewitchment on the air.
      Spring is at the flood.

The wings of June are woven of fragrance and of fire;
   Heap roses, crimson roses, for her throne.
Gypsy-heart is anguished with tumultuous desire,
   Seeking, seeking, seeking for its own.
         Gypsy-heart, abide!
      Oh, the far—the far is the near!
   ’Tis a foolish fable that the universe is wide.
      All the world is here.