The Capture of Cremona (Thomas Richard Gonzalvez Jozé)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-03)  CPDL #76924:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-03).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 693 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Capture of Cremona
Composer: Thomas Richard Gonzalvez Jozé
Lyricist: George Sigerson
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1903 Novello and Co.
Description: Irish Air: The Monks of the screw

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Original text and translations

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In deep dark sleep, Cremona, secure in its battlement lies,
While clouds o’er the cold moon passing give shadowy shelter to spies;
They steal in like foxes that burrow, they lead in the soldiers to slay;
They have ope’d the East Gate, and the horses now stamp in the street, for the fray!

To arms! to arms! to battle! Alarmed the wild garrison rush,
Their swords ’gainst the sabres rattle, They crimson each pike at the push!
All hopeless! the General’s captured, the colonel Commanding is slain;
And the Foeman now offers great guerdon the Irish alliance to gain!

“Foul shame befall you, Dastard!” the stainless O’Mahony saith,
“Hew down, if you can— but Honour shall stand by our Banner, till death.”
Then, shirt against steel, they dash forward, they struggle— they conquer— they've won!
And the flame of their chivalrous glory illumines our Isle, like a sun!