Starry crowns of heaven (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-19)  CPDL #75510:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-19).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 558 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-05-19)  CPDL #54270:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-05-19).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Starry crowns of heaven
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Adelaide Anne Procter

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1870 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 3, no. 109

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Original text and translations

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1  Starry crowns of Heaven,
Set in azure night!
Linger yet a little,
Ere you hide your light.
Nay; let starlight fade away,
Heralding the day!

2  Blossoms, gentle blossoms,
Do not wither yet;
Still for you the sun shines,
Still the dews are wet.
Nay, but fade and wither fast,
Fruit must come at last.

3  Joy, so true and tender,
Dare you not abide?
Will you spread your pinions,
Must you leave our side?
Nay; an angel's shining grace
Waits to fill your place.