'Tis break of day (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #77952:     
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General Information

Title: Tis break of day

Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Jessica Rankin

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1871 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 4, no. 138

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Original text and translations

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1  'Tis break of day, come, haste away,
To seek the may-dew's magic power.
The fields are bright with liquid light,
That silvers every sleeping flower.
Arise! the eastern skies are tinged
With hues that pale the rose;
And wild birds wake from bower and brake,
And warbling, start from soft repose.
R:  Awake! Arise! 'Tis break of day,
Come, haste, come haste away.

2  Shake off thy dreams, the sun's bright beams
Will soon disperse the may-dew's spell.
Through yonder brake our way we'll take,
Where lingering dewdrops longest dwell.
And ere the day has chased away
These sparkling gems of light,
O'er lawn and mead we'll quickly speed,
And put the may-dew elves to flight.
R:  Awake! Arise! 'Tis break of day,
Come, haste, come haste away.