The silver streamlet (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-19)  CPDL #75519:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-19).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 622 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The silver streamlet
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: J. W. Shryockcreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1884 F. W. Sudds

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Original text and translations

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O silver streamlet of the field,
   That flowest full and free!
For thee the rains of spring return,
   The summer dews for thee;
And when thy latest blossoms die
   In autumn’s chilly showers,
The winter fountains gush for thee,
   Till May brings back the flowers.

O stream of life, the violet springs
   But once beside thy bed,
But one brief summer on thy path,
   The dews of heaven are shed,
Thy parent fountains shrink away
   And close their crystal veins,
And where thy glittering current flowed,
   The dust alone remains.