The Wind (Henry Ernest Nichol)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-21)  CPDL #77522:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-21).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 354 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Wind
Composer: Henry Ernest Nichol
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, solo
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1899 J. Curwen & Sons

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Original text and translations

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A wind awoke with the sunrise,
And breathed on the dewy grass;
Then fled far away to the blushing flowers,
Over the sea in their secret bowers,
Waiting to hear it pass.

It crept through murmuring valleys,
And rushed o’er the moorland wild;
It swept through the woods with a sigh of unrest,
And glided over the ocean’s breast,
Like the breath of a sleeping child.

It slept at last in the sunset,
’Twas weary of flower and stream;
It had found no place for its flight to cease,
No home for its spirit to rest in peace,
And it died, as it lived, in a dream.

“Colin Sterne”