The starlings (George Alexander Macfarren)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-05-25). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 102 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Title: The starlings
Composer: George Alexander Macfarren
Lyricist: Charles Kingsley
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Secular, Partsong
First published: 1870 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 3, no. 114
Original text and translations
1 Early in springtime, on raw and windy mornings,
Beneath the freezing house-eaves I heard the starlings sing,
Ah dreary March month,
Is this then a time for building wearily?
Sad to think that the year is but begun.
2 Late in the Autumn, on still and cloudless evenings,
Among the golden reed-beds I heard the starling sing.
Ah! that sweet March month,
When we and our mates were courting merrily?
Sad to think that the year is all but done.