Sweet day (Jeffrey Quick)
- 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.
Description: Like Vaughan Williams, I omit one inner stanza of the poem -- but a different one from RVW.
Original text and translations
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.