An Idyl (William Arundel Orchard)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-22)  CPDL #77529:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 597 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: An Idyl
Composer: William Arundel Orchard
Lyricist: Edwin Legrand Sabin
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, minor S divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1910 W. H. Paling & Co.

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Original text and translations

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The pansies to the pathway flock,
And lift their quaint grimaces;
The peony and the hollyhock
Bend forward eager faces.
And ev’ry flower is held in thrall,
And every bud uncloses,
To greet the fairest of them all—
My love among the roses.

The marigold aquiver seems—
Her hand passed lightly o’er it.
The Tiger-lily blissful dreams,
She on her bosom wore it.
The poppy’s crimson fires to flame—
The humblest flower that grows is
Transformed, and never is the same,
When she’s among the roses.

But sudden every stem and spray
Uprears its head in wonder,
A breathless silence spreads its way
From bush to violet under.
And now a titter soft is heard—
The sunflow’rs tell the posies—
“He’s kissed her,” shouts a humming-bird,
’Tis Love among the roses.