Little Lac Grenier (George Whitefield Chadwick)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-02)  CPDL #75963:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-02).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 742 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Little Lac Grenier
Composer: George Whitefield Chadwick
Lyricist: William Henry Drummond
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1923 Silver, Burdett and Company
Description: [Poem in French-Canadian dialect by Irish-born Canadian poet William Henry Drummond. The poem is about a solitary lake atop the Laurentian Mountains, a mountain range in southern Quebec, Canada.]

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Original text and translations

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Leetle Lac Grenier, she’s all alone,
Right on de mountain top,
But cloud sweepin’ by, will fin’ tam to stop
No matter how quickly he want to go,
So he’ll kiss leetle Grenier down below.

Leetle Lac Grenier, she’s all alone,
Up on de mountain high;
But she never feel lonesome, ’cos for w’y?
So soon as de winter was gone away
De bird come an’ sing to her ev’ry day.

Leetle Lac Grenier, she’s all alone,
Back on de mountain dere,
But de pine-tree an’ spruce stan’ ev’rywhere
Along by de shore, an’ mak’ her warm,
For dey kip off de win’ an’ de winter storm!

Leetle Lac Grenier, she’s all alone,
No broder, no sister near,
But de swallow will fly, an’ de beeg moose deer,
An’ caribou too, will go long way
To drink de sweet water of Lac Grenier.

Leetle Lac Grenier, I see you now,
Onder de roof of Spring;
Ma canoe ’s afloat, an’ de robin sing,
De lily’s beginnin’ her summer dress,
An’ trout ’s wakin’ up from hees long res’.

Leetle Lac Grenier, oh! let me go.
Don’t spik to me no more,
For your voice is strong lak de rapid’s roar,
An’ you know you’se’f I’m too far away
For visit you now— leetle Lac Grenier!