Mexican Serenade (George Whitefield Chadwick)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-02)  CPDL #75964:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-02).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 799 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Mexican Serenade
Composer: George Whitefield Chadwick
Lyricist: Arthur Guiterman
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1923 Silver, Burdett and Company

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Original text and translations

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When the little armadillo
With his head upon his pillow
    Sweetly rests,
And the parrakeet and the lindo
Flitting past my cabin window
    Seek their nests,—

When the mists of even settle
Over Popocatapetl,
    Dropping dew,—
Like the condor, over yonder,
Still I ponder, ever fonder,
    Dear, of You!

May no revolution shock you,
May the earthquake gently rock you
    To repose,
While the sentimental panthers
Sniff the pollen-laden anthers
    Of the rose!

While the pelican is pining,
And the moon is softly shining
     On the stream,
May the song that I am singing
Send a tender cadence winging
     Through your dream!

Señorita Maraquita,
Muy bonita, pobracita!—
     Hear me weep!—
But the night is growing wetter,
So I guess that you had better
     Go·to sleep.