The Evening-Watch (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2020-10-21)  CPDL #60968:     
Editor: Robin Doveton (submitted 2020-10-21).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 359 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Edited using Holst's MS in The British Library, viewable online as below. The composer's piano reduction is here omitted.

General Information

Title: The Evening-Watch
Composer: Gustav Holst
Lyricist: Henry Vaughan

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1925

External websites:

Original text and translations

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Farewell! I go to sleep; but when
The day-star springs, I’ll wake again.
Go, sleep in peace; and when thou liest
Unnumber’d in thy dust, when all this frame
Is but one dram, and what thou now descriest
In sev’ral parts shall want a name,
Then may his peace be with thee, and each dust
Writ in his book, who ne’er betray’d man’s trust!
Amen! but hark, ere we two stray
How many hours dost think ’till day?
Ah go; th’art weak, and sleepy. Heav’n
Is a plain watch, and without figures winds
All ages up; who drew this circle, even
He fills it; days and hours are blinds.
Yet this take with thee. The last gasp of time
Is thy first breath, and man’s eternal prime.