I will to the Mountains (Hugh S. Roberton)

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  • (Posted 2023-06-02)  CPDL #73995:        
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2023-06-02).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: I will to the Mountains
Composer: Hugh S. Roberton
Lyricist: John Murray Gibboncreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Originally published by W.Paxton & Co Ltd

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Original text and translations

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I will to the mountains along cool trails,
In shaded splendour of the forest.
The fir, the hemlock, spruce and pine
Shall be my vaulted avenue of pillars.
I will to Alpine courtyards walled by cliffs,
Where failing waters foam from hanging glaciers.
There in larch meadows under crystal skies,
The windflower blows, and saxifrage and heather.
I will to lakes of melted jade,
Where icy peaks are held in stained reflection.
There, overhead, the giant pinnacles
Rear to the glare of heav'n defiant shields;
Aeons of snow on snow, Against the shafts of unavailing suns.