Two Eastern Pictures (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-21)  CPDL #59803:   
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2020-07-21).   Score information: Letter, 11 pages, 152 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Two Eastern Pictures
Composer: Gustav Holst
Lyricist: Gustav Holst

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1912


External websites:

Original text and translations

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Spring the warrior hither comes,
Bowstring formed by rows of bees.
And his darts tipp'd with buds
Wound our hearts with sweet lovelonging.
Now the trees put forth their flowers,
On the lakes the lilies fair
Show their heads midst the waves
Melting hearts with sweet lovelonging.
What fair maid can vie with Spring?
What sweet voice the cuckoo's song?
Or smiling teeth the jasmine's hue?
Or rosy lips the op'ning flowers?
Bending down with blushing buds,
Flaming mango branches wave
To and fro with the breeze
Filling hearts with sweet lovelonging.
And within the lotus flower
Dwells her love, the murm'ring bee
Who with kiss and embrace
Satisfies her sweet lovelonging.

Original text and translations may be found at The Summer (Gustav Holst).