The kingdom of home (John Harrison Tenney)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-06-10).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 392 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The kingdom of home
Composer: John Harrison Tenney
Lyricist: William Rankin Duryee
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 Lee & Shepard
Description: (This poem appeared in several contemporary publications and displays a stark Nineteenth Century patriarchy.)

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Original text and translations

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Dark is the night, and fitful and drearily
Rushes the wind like the waves of the sea;
Little care I as here I sing cheerily,
Wife at my side and my baby on knee!
King, King, crown me the King!
Home is the Kingdom, and Love is the King.

Flashes the firelight upon the dear faces,
Dearer and dearer as onward we go,
Forces the shadow behind us, and places
Brightness around us with warmth in the glow.
King, King, crown me the King!
Home is the Kingdom, and Love is the King.

Flashes the love-light, increasing the glory,
Beaming from bright eyes with warmth of the soul,
Telling of trust and content the sweet story,
Lifting the shadows that over us roll.
King, King, crown me the King!
Home is the Kingdom, and Love is the King.

Richer than miser with perishing treasure,
Served with a service no conquest could bring,
Happy with fortune that words cannot measure,
Light-hearted I on the hearthstone can sing:
King, King, crown me the King!
Home is the Kingdom, and Love is the King.