Summer song (John Harrison Tenney)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-06-10).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 370 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Summer song
Composer: John Harrison Tenney
Lyricist: Caroline Bigelow Le Row
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1880 The Ruebush-Kieffer Co.

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Original text and translations

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Across the waving fields of grain
The shadows fast are flying,
And round about the quiet plain
Th’eternal hills are lying.
Sweet bird song ripples from the trees,
The brook is idly flowing,
And on the soft caressing breeze
Comes fragrance of the mowing.

The earth had treasures of her own,
Held close in silent keeping;
Till spring renewed the burial stone,
And wakened what was sleeping.
The summer ripens all the land,
Abundant harvests showing;
While fields lie white on either hand,
All ready for the mowing.

I sit with folded hands and gaze
On all this blessed beauty,
And think of worldly work and ways,
Of faith and love and duty;
Of what the tender spring-times mean,
And what the April’s sowing;
Of all the waiting time between,
Till August brings the mowing.