Music, all powerful (Thomas Forbes Walmisley)

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  • (Posted 2021-10-20)  CPDL #66296:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-10-20).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 223 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2006-05-23)  CPDL #11772:        (Finale 2006)
Editor: Roel Griffioen (submitted 2006-05-23).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 136 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Music, all powerful
Composer: Thomas Forbes Walmisley
Lyricist: Henry Kirke White
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1904 Novello's Part-song book no.941

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Original text and translations

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Music, all powerful o'er the human mind!
Can still each mental storm, each tumult calm:
Soothe anxious care on sleepless couch reclined,
And e'en fierce anger's furious rage disarm.

At her command, the various passions lie,
She stirs to battle, or she lulls to peace,
Melts the charmed soul to thrilling ecstasy,
And bids the jarring world's harsh clangour cease.

Soft through the dell the dying strains retire,
The burst majestic, in the varied swell,
Now breathe melodious as the Grecian lyre,
Or, on the ear, in sinking cadence dwell.

Oh! surely Harmony form Heaven was sent,
To cheer the soul when tired with human strife;
To soothe the wayward heart by sorrow rent,
And soften down the rugged road of life.