Hark the birds melodious sing (Thomas Linley the younger)

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  • (Posted 2022-08-20)  CPDL #70490:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-08-20).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 134 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. A capella.
  • (Posted 2021-09-13)  CPDL #65773:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-09-13).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 426 kB   Copyright: CC BY
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Hark the birds melodious sing
Composer: Thomas Linley the younger
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1786 Warren's twenty fifth collection
Description: This glee was presented to the Catch Club by Mrs [Elizabeth] Sheridan (nee Linley), presumably as a memorial to her prematurely deceased brother. The words are described as "The second chapter of Solomon's song", and are an anonymous verse paraphrase for a piece with a secular purpose.

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Original text and translations

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Hark, hark, the birds melodious sing,
And sweetly usher in the Spring.
Close by his fellow sits the dove,
And gently whispers her his love.