Sweet day, so cool (Edward Bairstow)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-18)  CPDL #75465:       
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 649 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sweet Day, so cool
Composer: Edward Bairstow
Lyricist: George Herbert
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Sweet day! so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky.
The dew shall weep thy fall tonight;
For thou must die.

Sweet spring! full of sweet days and roses,
A box where sweets compacted lie,
My music shows ye have your closes,
And all must die.

Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
Like seasoned timber, never gives;
But though the whole world turn to coal,
Then chiefly lives.