Melrose (John Wall Callcott)
- Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2004-08-09). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 84 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Glee for three voices, accompaniment added by William Horsley.
Description: A 3 part glee to a text by Sir Walter Scott.
Original text and translations
From "Lay of the last Minstrel: the Ride to Melrose", Canto II, stanza I
If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright,
Go visit it by the pale moonlight;
For the gay beams of lightsome day
Gild, but to flout, the ruins gray.
When the broken arches are black in night,
And each shafted oriel glimmers white;
When the cold light's uncertain shower
Streams on the ruined central tower;
[When buttress and buttress, alternately,
Seem framed of ebon and ivory;]
When silver edges the imagery,
And the scrolls that teach thee to live and die;
When distant Tweed is heard to rave,
And the owlet to hoot o'er the dead man's grave,
Then go--but go alone the while--
Then view St. David's ruin'd pile;
And, home returning, soothly swear,
Was never scene so sad and fair!
Note: lines in brackets not part of the musical setting.