Oft, in the stilly night (William Rhys-Herbert)

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  • (Posted 2024-01-29)  CPDL #78939:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-01-29).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 349 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Oft, in the stilly night
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: William Rhys-Herbert
Lyricist: Thomas Moore
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1904 J. Fischer & Bro.
Description: SCOTTISH AIR

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Original text and translations

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Oft, in the stilly night,
Ere slumber’s chain has bound me,
Fond memory brings the light
Of other days around me;
The smiles, the tears,
Of childhood’s years,
The words of love then spoken;
The eyes that shone,
Now dimm’d and gone,
The cheerful hearts now broken!
Thus, in the stilly night,
Ere slumber’s chain hath bound me,
Sad memory brings the light
Of other days around me.

When I remember all
The friends, so link’d together,
I’ve seen around me fall,
Like leaves in wintry weather;
I feel like one
Who treads alone
Some banquet-hall deserted,
Whose lights are fled,
Whose garlands dead,
And all but he departed!
Thus, in the stilly night,
Ere slumber’s chain has bound me,
Sad memory brings the light
Of other days around me.