The Summer (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-21)  CPDL #59802:   
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2020-07-21).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Harp may substitute for the piano.

General Information

Title: The Summer
Composer: Gustav Holst
Lyricist: Gustav Holst

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1912


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Original text and translations

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The fierce glaring day is gone.
Gentle night hath spread her mantle
cool and refreshing,
lit by rays of a thousand stars
and by the golden moon.

The moon shineth on yon roof.
Here lie maidens, crowned with jasmine,
clad in silk rayment,
on their ankles are rings that
tinkle sweetly as they move.

Wafted by jewel covered fans,
sweetest perfume floats o'er each breast.
Song and harp unite with warbling birds
to rouse from sleep the god of love.