Philomela (Ann Mounsey)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-19)  CPDL #75534:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-19).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 3.08 MB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Philomela
Composer: Ann Mounsey
Lyricist: William Bartholomew
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1855 Ewer & Co.

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Original text and translations

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Philomela sings
Nature’s vesper lay;
On the light Zephyr gale it wings
From earth to heaven, and melts in sighs away.

Artless Minstrel, hail!
Nature’s songster, hail!
Lovely Nightingale!
la, la, la, la, la!

When the lark’s sweet lays
Greet returning light,
Nature sings, her theme is Morning’s praise;
In thine I hear the voice of night.

Melodies like thine,
Not in vain were given,
Sacred thoughts with sacred lays entwine,
And praise ascends in song to heaven.