Song of Deliverance (Samuel Coleridge-Taylor)

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  • (Posted 2023-02-21)  CPDL #72770:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2023-02-21).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Song of Deliverance
Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Lyricist: Louise Ayres Garnett
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1918
Description: This is inscribed 'To the music of the "Viking Song" published by the Oliver Ditson Company in 1918.

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Original text and translations

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Clang, clang, clang rings the challenge
And it echoes round the wide world's girth
For America fires a million forges,
She is fashioning defenses for the earth.
Clang, clang, clang rings the challenge
That shall prove her valor, show her worth.

Deep, deep, deep drive the plough-share,
That deliv'rance take root in the loam.
America sows in gladness
In the faith of a harvest that shall come.
Deep, deep, deep drive the plough-share:
Feed the world and defend the hearths of home!

Sail, sail, sail thro' the darkness,
'Mid the perils of the foe swept sea.
America is sending armies
As a pledge to the world that is to be!
Sail, sail, sail thro' the darkness,
To the dawn of a universe made free.

Fight, fight, fight in the trenches,
Struggle onward o'erthe crimson sod;
For America is terrible with purpose,
As she smites with the flaming rod!
Fight, fight, fight in the trenches,
There are strong men fighting for their God.