In the lonely vale (John Wall Callcott)

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  • (Posted 2021-09-30)  CPDL #65973:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-09-30).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 202 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2005-10-19)  CPDL #09988:   
Editor: Robin Doveton (submitted 2005-10-19).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 280 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: In the lonely vale
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Ossian
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
    2nd published: 1853 Novello's Glee Club no.73
Description: As in a number of his glees, Callcott calls the 2nd voice Soprano, perhaps meaning a female voice with mezzo-soprano range. Revised Sept 2020.

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Original text and translations

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In the lonely vale of streams, abides the narrow Soul.
Years roll on,
Seasons return, but he is still unknown.
In a blast comes cloudy
Death, and lays his gray head low.
His Ghost is folded in the vapour of the fenny field;
Its course is never on hills, nor mossy vales of wind.