The starlings (George Alexander Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-13)  CPDL #77240:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 377 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-05-25)  CPDL #54321:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-05-25).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The starlings
Composer: George Alexander Macfarren
Lyricist: Charles Kingsley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard or a cappella

First published: 1870 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 3, no. 114

Description: Poems of Charles Kingsley No. 3

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Original text and translations

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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.