On the death of a child in time of war (Tim Blickhan)

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  • (Posted 2009-12-02)   CPDL #20528:   
Editor: Tim Blickhan (submitted 2009-11-25).   Score information: Octavo, 4 pages, 66 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright © 1991 Charles Timothy Blickhan

General Information

Title: On the Death of a Child in Time of War
Composer: Tim Blickhan
Lyricist: William Walliscreate page

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1991

Description: No. 3 of "Songs for the Abandoned" (see Composer's Page for the other movements).


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Original text and translations

English.png English text

ON THE DEATH OF A CHILD IN TIME OF WAR

Sleep, dearest,
great warriors lie with you,
Whole peoples drift loose about you.
How should we stand firm
when so many firm have gone before,
and the same vast currents flow about us?

Sleep safely. We pitiless, we
remain, gazing where we were:
before wisdom, in age old
half standing, silent above
the screams of the ages, blind
children, folded as when we came.

WILLIAM WALLIS
Free translation from the German:
Auf den Tod eines Kindes,
Paul Fleming, b. 1609, d. 1640