Towers the lofty battlements crowning (Heinrich Werner)

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  • (Posted 2022-04-22)  CPDL #68940:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-04-22).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Towers the lofty battlements crowning
Composer: Heinrich Werner
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1879 The Orpheus (new series) no.77
Description: Soldiers' chorus to Goethe's Faust.

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Original text and translations

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Towers the lofty battlements crowning,
Maidens, although with pride ever frowning,
Victory daring,
Efforts unsparing,
Amply repay.
Gaily the trumpets sound for recruiting,
Sound for our pleasures, slashing and shooting;
Victory gaining,
Danger disdaining,
Maidens and walls by conquest obtaining,
These can our efforts amply repay,
Proudly the soldiers then march away.

Honour and freedom victory lending,
Peoples oppress'd from tyrants defending,
Vengeance unsparing
Fall on the daring
Cause of the fray.
Then to the trumpet's summons attending,
Wrongs soon avenging, death is descending,
Though the defence is wild resolution,
Vainly offences brave retribution,
Nought the indignant champions can sway,
Proudly the soldiers then march away.