All hail to thee, Sound! (Charles Edward Horsley)

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  • (Posted 2004-04-23)  CPDL #06951:   
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2004-04-23).   Score information: A4, 20 pages, 412 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: chorus #1 from 'Euterpe'. Full score and instrumental parts may be obtained from Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society (

General Information

Title: All hail to thee, Sound!
Composer: Charles Edward Horsley

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published:

External websites:

Original text and translations

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Hail, all hail to thee, Sound! Since the time
Calliope’s son took the lyre,
And lulled in the heart of their clime
The demons of darkness and fire;
Since Eurydice’s lover brought tears
To the eyes of the Princes of Night,
Thou hast been, through the days and years,
A marvellous source of delight,
Yea, a marvellous source of delight!

In the wind, in the wave, in the fall
Of the water, each note of thine dwells;
But Euterpe hath gathered from all
The sweetest to weave into spells.
She makes a miraculous power
Of thee with her magical skill;
And gives us, for bounty or dower,
The accents that soothe us or thrill!
Yea, the accents which soothe us or thrill!

All hail to thee, Sound! Let us thank
The great Creator Lord of life and of light
For the music divine that we’ve drank,
In seasons of peace and of strife,
Let us gratefully think of the balm
That falls on humanity tired,
At the tones of the song or a psalm
From lips and from fingers inspired.
Hail, hail to thee Sound!