The Snow, Op. 26, No. 1 (Edward Elgar)

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  • (Posted 2021-11-11)  CPDL #66669:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-11-11).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 389 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Snow
Composer: Edward Elgar
Lyricist: Caroline Alice Elgar

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano and 2 violins

First published: 1895 Novello's Octavo Edition of Trios etc. for Female Voices no.306

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Original text and translations

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O snow, which sinks so light,
Brown earth is hid from sight
O soul, be thou as white as snow,
O snow, which falls so slow,
Dear earth quite warm below;
O heart, so keep thy glow
Beneath the snow.

O snow, in thy soft grave
Sad flow'rs the winter brave;
O heart, so sooth and save, as does the snow.
The snow must melt, must go,
Fast, fast as water flow.
Not thus, my soul, O sow
Thy gifts to fade like snow.

O snow, thou'rt white no more,
Thy sparkling too, is o'er;
O soul, be as before,
Was bright the snow.
Then as the snow all pure,
O heart be, but endure;
Through all the years full sure,
Not as the snow.