A Night Song (Julius Benedict)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-21)  CPDL #75591:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 578 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-02-28)  CPDL #53416:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-02-28).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a semitone.

General Information

Title: A night song

Composer: Julius Benedict
Lyricist: Bryan Procter

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Vol. 1, no. 39

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Original text and translations

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’Tis Night! ’tis Night,— the Hour of hours,
    When Love lies down with folded wings,
By Psyche in her starless bowers,
    And down his fatal arrows flings,—
Those bowers whence not a sound is heard,
    Save only from the bridal bird,
Who ’midst that utter darkness sings:
This her burthen, soft and clear,—
    Love is here! Love is here!

’Tis Night! The moon is on the stream;
    Bright spells are on the soothed sea;
And Hope, the child, is gone to dream,
    Of pleasures which may never be!
And now is haggard Care asleep;
    Now doth the widow Sorrow smile;
And slaves are hushed in slumber deep,
    Forgetting grief and toil awhile!