Come, gentle Spring (John Wall Callcott)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2023-09-12).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 309 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Come, gentle Spring
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: James Thomson
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1800 (n/d)
Description: Published in "A collection of new glees composed by John Sale, etc."

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Original text and translations

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Come gentle spring! Ethereal mildness come,
And from the bosom of yon dropping cloud,
While music wakes around, veil'd in a shower
Of shadowing roses, on our plains descend.
And see where surly winter passes off
Far to the north, and calls his ruffian blasts:
His blasts obey and quit the howling hill,
The shattered forest and the ravaged vale;
While softer gales succeed; At whose kind touch
The mountains lift their green heads to the sky.
Be gracious heaven, ye fost'ring breezes blow,
Ye soft'ning dews, ye tender showers descend,
And temper all, thou world-reviving sun,
Into the perfect year.