Autumn II (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2019-11-17)  CPDL #55964:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-17).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Autumn II
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: Thomas Hood

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1876 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 9, no. 274

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Original text and translations

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1  The Autumn skies are flushed with gold,
And fair and bright the rivers run;
These are but streams of Winter cold,
And painted mists that quench the sun.

2  In secret boughs no sweet birds sing,
In secret boughs no bird can shroud,
These are but leaves that take to wing.
And wintry winds that pipe so loud.

3  'Tis not trees' shade, but cloudy glooms
That on the cheerless valleys fall,
The flowers are in their grassy tombs,
And tears of dew are on them all.