A wife's song (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-19)  CPDL #75512:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-19).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 428 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-05-22)  CPDL #54292:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-05-22).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A wife's song

Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: William Cox Bennett

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1870 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 3, no. 106

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Original text and translations

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O well I love the Spring,
When the sweet, sweet hawthorn blows;
And well I love the Summer,
And the coming of the rose.
But dearer are the changing leaf,
And the year upon the wane,
For O they bring the blessed time
That brings him home again.

November may be dreary;
December's days may be
As full of gloom to others
As once they were to me:
But, O to hear the tempest
Beat loud against the pane!
For the roaring wind and the blessed time
That brings him home again.