What voice of gladness (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-06)   CPDL #39567:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-05-06).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: With the double s and some other accidentals changed enharmonically as an aid to amateur singers. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-05-06)   CPDL #39565:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-05-06).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: With Parry's original accidentals. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: What voice of gladness
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: Robert Bridges

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Published: 1897

Description: No. 5 from Six Modern Lyrics (1897):

  1. How sweet the answer
  2. Since thou, O fondest
  3. If I had but two little wings
  4. There rolls the deep
  5. What voice of gladness
  6. Music, when soft voices die

The text is from Bridges' poem Larks.

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Original text and translations

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What voice of gladness, hark! in heaven is ringing?
From the sad fields the lark is upward winging.

High through the mournful mist that blots our day
Their songs betray them soaring in the grey.
See them! Nay, they in sunlight swim;
Above the furthest stain of cloud attain;
their hearts in music rain upon the plain.


Sweet birds, far out of sight
Your songs of pleasure
Dome us with joy as bright
As heaven's best azure.