Pack, clouds, away (Charles Harford Lloyd)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-11)  CPDL #59197:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-06-11).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 142 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Minor corrections to the underlay. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Pack, clouds, away
Composer: Charles Harford Lloyd
Lyricist: Thomas Heywood

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1884 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 17, no. 481

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Original text and translations

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Pack, clouds, away, and welcome, day,
With night we banish sorrow;
Sweet air, blow soft; mount, lark, aloft
To give my love good-morrow!
Wings from the wind to please her mind,
Notes from the lark I'll borrow:
Bird, prune thy wing! nightingale, sing!
To give my love good morrow!
To give my love good morrow
Notes from them both I'll borrow.

Wake from thy nest, robin red-breast,
Sing, birds, in every furrow;
And from each bill let music shrill
Give my fair love good-morrow!
Blackbird and thrush in every bush,
Stare, linnet, and cock-sparrow,
You pretty elves, among yourselves
Sing my fair love good morrow!
To give my love good-morrow!
Sing, birds, in every furrow!