Summer song (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 383 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-11-08)  CPDL #55847:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-08).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Summer song
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: William Cox Bennett

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1876 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 9, no. 261

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Original text and translations

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1  O gentle, gentle summer rain,
Let not the silver lily pine,
The drooping lily pine in vain,
To feel that dewy touch of thine,
To drink thy freshness once again,
O gentle, gentle summer rain.

2  In heat the landscape quivering lies,
The cattle pant beneath the tree,
Through parching air, and purple skies,
The earth looks up in vain for thee,
O gentle, gentle summer rain.
Come thou and brim the meadow streams,
And soften all the hills with mist,
O falling dew, from burning dreams,
By thee shall herb and flower be kissed,
O gentle, gentle summer rain.