Wake! To the hunting (Henry Thomas Smart)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-08-03).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Wake to the hunting
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Reginald Heber

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. 168


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Original text and translations

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Wake! wake! wake to the hunting!
Wake, ye, wake! morning is nigh!
Chilly the breezes blow up from the sea below,
Chilly the twilight creeps over the sky!
Awake! awake! awake!
Mark how fast the stars are fading!
Mark how wide the dawn is spreading;
Many a fallow deer feeds in the forest near;
Many a gallant wolf waits for the hunter's spear;
Now is no time on the heather to lie!
Awake! awake!
This is no time on the heather to lie!

Rise, rise! look on the ocean!
Rise ye, rise, look on the sky!
Softly the vapours sweep over the level deep,
Softly the mists on the waterfall lie!
Awake! awake! awake!
In the cloud red tints are glowing!
On the hill the blackcock crowing!
And thro' the welkin red, see where he lifts his head,
King of the morning, roused from his purple bed;
Forth to the hunting! the sun's riding high!
Awake! awake!
Forth to the hunting! the sun's riding high!