Bird of the wilderness (John Liptrot Hatton)

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General Information

Title: Bird of the wilderness
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: James Hogg

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 6, no. 196


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Original text and translations

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1  Bird of the wilderness,
Blythesome and cumberless,
Sweet be thy matin, o'er moorland and lea!
Emblem of happiness, Blest is thy dwelling place,
Oh to abide in the desert with thee!
Wild is thy lay and loud,
Far in the downy cloud,
Love, love, love gives it energy, love gave it birth.
Where, on thy dewy wing,
Where art thou journeying?
Thy lay is in heaven, Thy love is on earth.

2  O'er fell and fountain sheen,
O'er moor and mountain green,
O'er the red streamer that heralds the day!
Over the cloudlet dim,
Over the rainbow's rim,
Musical cherub, soar, singing away!
Then when the gloaming comes,
Low in the heather blooms,
Sweet will thy welcome and bed of love be!
Emblem of happiness,
Blest is thy dwelling place,
Oh to abide in the desert with thee!