Forest green (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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  • CPDL #15480:              (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-11-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 33 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Edition from the Cyber Hymnal™ MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Forest green
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86. D (C.M.D.)

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Published: Tune: Forest Green, tra­di­tion­al Eng­lish mel­o­dy; ar­ranged by Ralph Vaugh­an Wil­liams, 1906; Lyrics: Fran­ces W. Wile, 1912. She wrote this hymn at the re­quest of her friend, Wil­liam C. Gan­nett, who was help­ing com­pile a hymn­al and want­ed a win­ter hymn.

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Cyber Hymnal™ entry for hymn tune "Forest green":

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/a/l/allbeaut.htm


Original text and translations

English.png English text

1.
All beautiful the march of days, as seasons come and go;
The Hand that shaped the rose hath wrought the crystal of the snow;
Hath sent the hoary frost of Heav’n, the flowing waters sealed,
And laid a silent loveliness on hill and wood and field.

2.
O’er white expanses sparkling pure the radiant morns unfold;
The solemn splendors of the night burn brighter than the cold;
Life mounts in every throbbing vein, love deepens round the hearth,
And clearer sounds the angel hymn, “Good will to men on earth.”

3.
O Thou from Whose unfathomed law the year in beauty flows,
Thyself the vision passing by in crystal and in rose,
Day unto day doth utter speech, and night to night proclaim,
In ever changing words of light, the wonder of Thy Name.

Lyrics: Fran­ces W. Wile, 1912. She wrote this hymn at the re­quest of her friend, Wil­liam C. Gan­nett, who was help­ing com­pile a hymn­al and want­ed a win­ter hymn.