Our ancient school - Naumkeake's hymn (Giovanni Pede)

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  • (Posted 2017-01-30)  CPDL #42889:       
Editor: Giovanni Pede (submitted 2017-01-30).   Score information: A4 (landscape), 9 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Our ancient school - Naumkeake's hymn
Composer: Giovanni Pede
Lyricist: Howard Phillips Lovecraftcreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularHymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2017
Description: Commissioned by the online RPG play-by-chat platform Naumkeake Academy, a fantasy game set in Salem in the XVII century. The piece represents the official hymn of the academy.

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Original text and translations

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There’s an ancient, ancient school that I see sometimes in dreams,
Where the sunlight plays and glows with spectral gleams;
Where the gaudy-tinted blossoms seem to wither into grey,
And the crumbling walls and pillars waken thoughts of yesterday.

There are vines in nooks and crannies, and there’s moss about the pool,
And the tangled weedy thicket chokes the arbour dark and cool:
In the silent sunken pathways springs an herbage sparse and spare,
Where the musty scent of dead things dulls the fragrance of the air.

I will oft conjure a vision of a day that is no more,
As I gaze upon the grey, grey scenes I feel I knew before.