Highland war song (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-18).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Highland war song
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: Walter Scott

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 9, no. 275


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Original text and translations

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Pibroch of Donuil Dhu,
  Pibroch of Donuil,
Wake thy wild voice anew,
  Summon Clan Conuil.
Come away, come away,
  Hark to the summons!
Come in your war array,
  Gentles and commons.
Come from deep glen and
  From mountain so rocky,—
The war-pipe and pennon
  Are at Inverlochy.
Come every hill plaid and
  True heart that wears one,
Come every steel blade and
  Strong hand that bears one.
Come as the winds come when
  Forests are rended,
Come as the waves come when
  Navies are stranded:
Faster come, faster come,
  Faster and faster,
Chief, vassal, page, and groom,
  Tenant and master.
Fast they come, fast they come;
  See how they gather!
Wide waves the eagle plume,
  Blended with heather.
Cast your plaids, draw your blades,
  Forward each man set!
Pibroch of Donuil Dhu,
  Knell for the onset!