Through the clouds of sorrow beaming (Oliver Day Adams)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-15).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 425 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Through the clouds of sorrow beaming
Composer: Oliver Day Adams
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1869 Root & Cady
Description: Adam’s setting included only first three stanzas of the published poem.

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Original text and translations

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Through the clouds of sorrow beaming,
See a lonely meteor gleaming
      O’er dark ether’s plain,
Slowly rolls the restless billow,
Where it makes its aching pillow,
      ’Tis the last sad look.

View the setting sun’s bright glory,
Tread the warrior’s bed so gory,
      Watch his faded face.
Azure beauty leaves the sky,
Weakness dulls the soldier’s eye,
      ’Tis the last sad look.

See the moonbeams fondly playing,
Trembling, flying, never staying,
      On the rippled stream.
Then away so slowly stealing,
Farewell stamps a tender feeling,
      ’Tis the last sad look.

Friends and dearer kindred parting,
Silent grief, yet ever starting,
      Glances one soft leave.
Not the world’s gay glittering treasure
Ever bought the mournful pleasure
      Of a last sad look.

“The Lady’s Cabinet Album” (1835)