Sweet day (Jeffrey Quick)

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  • CPDL #20485:   
Editor: Jeffrey Quick (submitted 2009-11-11).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CC BY-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Sweet Day
Composer: Jeffrey Quick
Lyricist: George Herbert

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1996

Description: Like Vaughan Williams, I omit one inner stanza of the poem -- but a different one from RVW.

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Original text and translations

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Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky:
The dew shall weep thy fall tonight,
For thou must die.

Sweet rose, whose hue, angry and brave,
Bids the rash gazer wipe his eye:
Thy root is ever in its grave,
And thou must die.

Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
Like seasoned timber, never gives;
But though the whole world turn to coal,
Then chiefly lives.