Say not the struggle nought availeth (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)

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  • (Posted 2009-12-26)  CPDL #20682:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2009-12-26).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 19/2/21.

General Information

Title: Say not the struggle nought availeth
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Tune: Grace Dieu
Lyricist: Arthur Hugh Clough

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 98. 98

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. Say not, 'The stuggle nought availeth;
 The labour and the wounds are vain;
 The enemy faints not nor faileth,
 And as things have been, they remain.'

2. If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars:
 It may be, in yon smoke concealed,
 Your comrades chase even now the fliers,
 And, but for you, possess the field.

3. For while the tired waves, vainly breaking,
 Seem here no painful inch to gain,
 Far back, through creeks and inlets making,
 Comes silent, flooding in, the main.

4. And not by eastern windows only,
 When daylight comes, comes in the light;
 In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly!
 But westward, look! the land is bright.