The moon (Henry Thomas Smart)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-08-04).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 101 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The moon
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1872 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 5, no. 173


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Original text and translations

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How brightly and serenely
She takes her nightly round!
Who in yon starry chaplet
Is thus with beauty crowned?
How modestly she wanders,
Her face concealed from sight,
Yet spreads around her gladness,
With soft and beaming light.

Day's labour she rewardeth,
And bids the eyelids close,
The sons of earth inviting
To silent night's repose.
She fills the soul with gladness,
When evening's breath is chill;
Doth pure and holy feelings
Into our breast instil.

Thou, who to us hast given
Her sweet and friendly light,
Thou in a life of gladness
Must surely take delight.
For all our joys we thank thee;
We thank thee for thy moon,
Who richly thus rewardeth
The anxious cares of noon.