Song of the clock (James Holmes Rosecrans)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-06-05).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 358 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Song of the clock
Composer: James Holmes Rosecrans
Lyricist: William Henry Gardner
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1893 The Ruebush-Kieffer Co.

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Original text and translations

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All the day and all the night,
How the old clock ticks away!
Ticking when the sun shines bright,
Ticking when the sky is gray.

Tick, tock, tick, tock!
Always cheerful is its greeting,
Tick, tock, tick, tock!
Hark! ’tis singing “Time is fleeting,
Work away, then, children dear,
You must start your life-work here.”

When the happy boys and girls
Enter with their bags and books,
On bright eyes, and shining curls,
With a welcome face it looks.

When vacation comes along,
And the children go away,
Someone says the old clock’s song,
Ticks out sadly all the day.

While we grow and learn each year,
Patiently it ticks away,
And we leave it with a tear,
When there comes our parting day.