Paradise (Christopher Hampson)

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  • (Posted 2018-01-20)  CPDL #48481:   
Editor: Christopher Hampson (submitted 2018-01-20).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 709 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
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General Information

Title: Paradise
Composer: Christopher Hampson
Lyricist: Christina Rossetti

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano, Organ

First published: 2014
Description: Sets stanzas 1,2,5 & 6 of Rossetti's poem.

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Original text and translations

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Once in a dream I saw the flowers
 That bud and bloom in Paradise;
 More fair they are than waking eyes
Have seen in all this world of ours.
And faint the perfume-bearing rose,
 And faint the lily on its stem,
And faint the perfect violet
 Compared with them.

I heard the songs of Paradise:
 Each bird sat singing in his place;
 A tender song so full of grace
It soared like incense to the skies.
Each bird sat singing to his mate
 Soft cooing notes among the trees:
The nightingale herself were cold
 To such as these.

I saw the fourfold River flow,
 And deep it was, with golden sand;
 It flowed between a mossy land
With murmured music grave and low.
It hath refreshment for all thirst,
 For fainting spirits strength and rest:
Earth holds not such a draught as this
 From east to west.

The Tree of Life stood budding there,
 Abundant with its twelvefold fruits;
 Eternal sap sustains its roots,
Its shadowing branches fill the air.
Its leaves are healing for the world,
 Its fruit the hungry world can feed,
Sweeter than honey to the taste
 And balm indeed.

I saw the gate called Beautiful;
 And looked, but scarce could look, within;
 I saw the golden streets begin,
And outskirts of the glassy pool.
Oh harps, oh crowns of plenteous stars,
 Oh green palm-branches many-leaved—
Eye hath not seen, nor ear hath heard,
 Nor heart conceived.

I hope to see these things again,
 But not as once in dreams by night;
 To see them with my very sight,
And touch, and handle, and attain:
To have all Heaven beneath my feet
 For narrow way that once they trod;
To have my part with all the saints,
 And with my God.