Sunbeams are dancing (John R. Dunham)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-11)  CPDL #76226:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-11).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 529 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sunbeams are dancing
Composer: John R. Dunham
Lyricist: John Henry Hewitt
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1886 Chicago Music Co.

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Original text and translations

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The sunbeams are glancing o’er forest and mountain,
The hilltops are tinged with their last feeble ray,
Let’s dip in the stream of the bright flowing fountain,
And steal its sweet violets and lilies away,
The wild rose and myrtle, their soft leaves are closing,
The cowslip is catching the dew in its bell,
The ring dove and thrush in their nests are reposing,
And young leaves are sighing to daylight farewell.

Let’s go to the peak where the last sunbeam lingers,
And gaze on the day-god as calmly he sinks,
The laurel we’ll wreathe with our own fairy fingers,
And rob the night shade of the dew that it drinks,
Let’s go to the valley where darkness is wreathing,
And mock the cool stream as it murmurs along,
Let’s count the wild flowers whose odors are breathing,
And make hill and valley re-echo our song.

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