The Knight’s Horn (Hubbard W. Harris)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-24)  CPDL #76601:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-24).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 557 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Knight’s Horn
Composer: Hubbard W. Harris
Lyricist: Charles Hamilton Aïdé
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1899 Chicago Music Company

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

A Knight rode forth in golden mail,
Along the river strand,
A Ladye o’er the castle wall
Leant forth, and waved her hand.
“Thine, thine till death!” the Ladye sigh’d;
The Knight’s Horn echoed far and wide,
“When next I blow that call,” he cried,
“Reply, Love, then as now!”
The Horn along the morning air
Leapt clear, as down a silver stair,
Tra, la, la, Tra, la la,
As the Knight did blow.

Years after, late one summer eve,
There rode along that strand
An aged Knight, whose silver horn
Was grasp’d with trembling hand.
He blew— and yet the blast he blew
No answer from the Castle drew,
°“Ah! is she dead or false?”— none knew!—
The old Knight dwelt alone:
But often, as he paced the wall,
The peasants heard that bugle-call,
Tra, la, la, Tra, la la,
On the silence blown.°

And still the boatmen, as they ply
Their ferry o’er the tide,
And children, at their evening play
Along the river’s side,
Hear the faint Horn that echoes blow
Among the mountains, crowned with snow,
They whisper to each other, “Lo!
The Knight his Ladye calls!”
And as the echo dies away,
“Alas! she answers not,” they say—
Tra, la, la, Tra, la la,
Listen how he calls!

°Lines of the poem in italic are omitted in Harris’ setting