The evening star (Alexander Campbell Mackenzie)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-14).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 391 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The evening star
Composer: Alexander Campbell Mackenzie
Lyricist: John Leyden
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1881 Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Ode to the evening star

How sweet thy modest light to view,
Fair star! to love and lovers dear;
While trembling on the falling dew,
Like beauty shining through the tear;

Or hanging o’er that mirror stream,
To mark each image trembling there,
Thou seem’st to smile with softer gleam,
To see thy lovely face so fair.

Though, blazing o’er the arch of night,
The moon thy timid beams outshine,
As far as thine each starry light;–
Her rays can never vie with thine.

Thine are the soft enchanting hours,
When twilight lingers on the plain,
And whispers to the closing flowers
That soon the sun will rise again.