Hymn to the Waters (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-21)  CPDL #59806:   
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2020-07-21).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 163 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Hymn to the Waters
Composer: Gustav Holst
Lyricist: Gustav Holst

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAA
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1912


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Original text and translations

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Flowing from the firmament forth to the ocean,
Healing all in earth and air, never halting.
Indra, Lord of Heav’n formed their courses,
Indra’s mighty laws can never be broken.
Cleansing waters flow ye on, hasten and help us.

Lo, in the waters, dwelleth One,
Knower of all on earth and sea,
Whose dread command no man may shun,
Varuna, sovran Lord is He.

Onward, ye waters, onward hie,
Dance in the bright beams of the sun,
Obey the ruler of the sky
Who dug the path for you to run.

Flowing from the firmament…