Who can dwell with greatness (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-08)   CPDL #39606:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-05-08).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Who can dwell with greatness
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: Henry Austin Dobson

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1900

Description: A tribute to Queen Victoria, shortly before her death.

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Original text and translations

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Who can dwell with greatness? Greatness is too high;
Flowers are for the meadow, suns are for the sky;
Ah! but there is greatness in this land of ours,
High as is the sunight, humble as the flowers.

Queen, of thee the fable! Lady, thine the fate!
Royal, and yet lowly, lowly, and yet great;
Great in far dominion, great in pomp of years,
Greater still as woman, greatest in thy tears!