Dirge and Hymeneal (Gustav Holst)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2019-08-22)   CPDL #55124:   
Editor: Jan Wilke (submitted 2019-08-22).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Dirge and Hymeneal
Composer: Gustav Holst
Lyricist: Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1915

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Original text and translations

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Dirge
Woe! woe ! this is death's hour
Of spring; behold his flower!
Fair babe of life, to whom
Death, and the dreamy tomb,
Was nothing yesterday,
And now is all!
The maiden, from her play
Beside her lover gay,
The church-yard voices call,
Tolling so slow,
Woe! woe!

Hymeneal
Joy! joy! it is love's day;
Strew the young conqueror's way
With summer's glories young,
O'er which the birds have sung,
Bright weeds from fairy rings;
Here, there, away!
Joy, joy the tree-bird sings,
Joy, joy, a hundred springs'
Melodies ever say, --
Maiden and boy,
Joy! joy!

Dirge
She cut the roses down,
And wreathed her bridal crown.
Death, playful, called her,'blossom,'
And tore her from life's bosom.
Fair maiden, or fair ghost, --
Which is thy name? --
Come to the spectral host;
They pity thee the most,
And, to the cold world's shame,
Soft cry they, low,
Woe! woe!